One of the most glaring omissions of the smart home market is a lack of focus in the bathroom; specifically the routine of starting up a shower. Various manufacturers are trying to remedy that with smart showers being offered by Moen and Kohler; but they’re extremely costly and likely require a remodel of your existing bathroom.
The Livin Shower is looking to change all that.
The startup is launching a kickstarter today to offer their version of a smart shower controller, with the promise of being able to use your existing shower faucet. Although the Livin Shower is looking to be a more cost efficient than other manufacturers, it’s not exactly cheap: the Kickstarter price begins at $350, with a few cheaper models available for early birds. And if you’re looking to wait until the Kickstarter is over, you’ll be able to preorder it for a lofty $700; though the company hasn’t officially set its retail price yet. The Livin Shower is also scheduled to only ship to the US and Canada for now.
One of the standout features of the Livin Shower is that it offers app controls and voice controls via Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. Turn on your shower with a voice command, and it’ll warm up the water for you and pause when it’s ready. The standout feature that the startup is touting isn’t all of the smart capability, but rather the fact that you will be able to install the Livin yourself over your existing shower faucet. This is in stark contrast to the Moen and Kohler models, which run at $1,059 and $1,200 respectively, and would require an extensive professional installation or an entire remodel of your bathroom shower space. The Livin Shower Kickstarter page shows a video of how the installation is supposed to go; whether the install is true to life remains to be seen.
It’s worth mentioning that Kickstarters come with inherent risk due to the nature of startups and products that depend on crowdfunding to see the light of day, so there is a distinct possibility that the product may be delayed or not see the light of day even if it reaches it’s funding goal.
It’s for this specific reason that Smart House Resource doesn’t usually report on Kickstarter projects, but given the lack of smart showers in the smart home market – and the cost-efficient goal of the Livin Shower, we felt it was exciting enough to report about. Count us cautiously excited.
You can find out more about the device and view the startup at their official Kickstarter page.
Are you interested in the idea of a smart shower? Will you be funding the project? Let us know in the comments below!