Jetsons' lifestyle is our reality
The futuristic world of "The Jetsons" has become reality in today's homes.
"The Jetsons" was a Hanna-Barbera animated sitcom that aired on U.S. television in 1962 and '63. Set 100 years in the future, the show presented family life with out-of-this-world comforts. Hot meals instantly appeared. Astro the family dog was automatically walked. And Rosie the Robot tidied any messes that her human family left behind.
Many of those comforts were previously thought impossible, but new technology and innovative thinking have turned fantasy into reality in rooms throughout today's homes — and Devine Bath General Manager Chris Knox says "smart" bathrooms will likely become the next focus for consumers who want to enhance their quality of life with creature comforts.
"It goes well beyond heated floors," Knox said. "Smart bathroom technology impacts lighting, thermostats, showers, vanities, toilets and floors. It's amazing." Experts are calling for smart bathrooms to "be the next big thing in home remodeling," Knox said, and it's a trend that has already begun in the Portland area.
Imagine turning the shower on while you are still tucked in bed, knowing that when you step into the water, it will be just the right temperature. Or being able to watch TV or check your calendar via images projected right onto your mirror while you shave.
Some smart enhancements are intended to help those with physical restrictions, such as faucets that go with the touch of a hand, rather than a turn or twist. Knox says the technology can save energy, too.
Here's just a short list of possible smart technology upgrades that Knox said can be incorporated into a bathroom now, all controlled by Wi-Fi via a smart phone or iPad:
N One popular feature to add to the toilet is a washlet, or electric bidet. Deodorizers can also be added, as can antibacterial seats.
N No need for towels when you can use a body dryer.
N Get feedback on your health by synching your Fitbit or other device to your bathroom scale. Track weight, body-fat percentage and BMI.
N Gentle, slow, ramp-up lighting allows eyes to adjust more comfortably than bright lights.
N An in-shower touch pad can control the amount of steam in your shower, as well as shower length.
N Mirrors with integrated task lights and defogger make morning preparations easier.
N Control the heat of your bathroom floor with the touch of a screen.
Knox says customers can customize a bathroom to be their personal spa by using the new technology.
"We focus on efficient bathroom remodeling," he said. "This is a good education of what is coming down the pipe. Waterproofing, plumbing — everything is changing and upgrading."
Knox says that at this point, there is no one manufacturer providing every product you might wish to install. But Devine Bath designers can help you source answers to any amenity you wish to include, he said.
Devine Bath is part of the Devine Color family of companies, owned by Lake Oswego resident Gretchen Schauffler. The company is headquartered in Portland. To learn more, visit devinebath.com or call 855-580-8532.