I saw a television commercial recently where a man was so dedicated to his cellphone that he moved through his morning routine without looking up once. He even had it in the shower with him, covered in a plastic baggy!
The advertiser may have been pointing out our extreme dependence on our devices in a funny way, but what struck me is how unnecessary it was for that man to be attached to his phone. There are lots of other ways to check Facebook, send email or text without having to hold onto a phone.
What I’m getting at is how technologically advanced the bathroom has become. So advanced, really, that having a television mounted on the wall is almost passé!
Check out some of these tech ideas. Which ones do you just have to have?
The High Tech Medicine Cabinet
Medicine cabinets have come a long way since they were little cabinets stuck into a wall. They were barely deep enough to hold many of the bottles, jars or tubes that populate our bathrooms. Not to mention the fact that keeping medicine in a room that can get quite hot and humid is not exactly the best way to keep that product fresh.
Now, you can buy a medicine cabinet that comes in various depths to suit your needs. Better yet, the latest incarnation is a cabinet that is split. In other words, half is the regular shelved cabinet that we all recognize. The other half is refrigerated. In this age of popular, organic face products and yes, even medicine, the cooled section offers safe storage for all the natural and perishable bathroom products we buy.
Music To Relax By
Remember the days when you’d cart the portable stereo into the bathroom so you could listen to music while soaking in the tub? Ok, I admit it, I still do this.
For those of us who love nothing better than to accompany a relaxing soak with the music we love, there’s a new trend in bathroom design that is sure to make us happy. It’s the surround sound system built right into the bathroom. No portable stereos are necessary. Just switch it on digitally, choose your playlist and you’re ready to spend some quality time with your tub.
Hands-free toilet levers, faucets and hand dryers have been fixtures in public bathrooms for years. But, no one ever really thought about bringing that technology into the home. The move in recent years toward a more spa-like home bathroom experience, though, has created greater interest in bringing those products into the privacy of our homes.
The world of bathroom technology, especially digital technology, is really ramping up. Every year, home shows feature a long list of new ideas for our home. I can’t wait to see what else designers think up!