Future Haus Bathroom of the Future
Wheeler: The mirror is a computer screen.
Welcome to the multi-media bathroom in the house of the future. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.
Wheeler: It’s a display screen, an interface for your entire bathroom. It’s giving you temperature of your shower, temperature of your sink. It’s giving your weather, your email – every individual user’s individual information.
Joseph Wheeler is co-director of the Center for Design Research at Virginia Tech. He’s giving us a tour of Future Haus which has among other things, a shower and a bath where you can watch movies, and then there’s that mirror.
Wheeler: If you stand in one location on the floor here, it’ll project your weight up onto the mirror. Now the other nice thing about this is with that integrated pressure plate on the floor that’s giving you your weight, it’s also detecting falls. You can actually have this installed in your entire house, so if someone falls in the house, a caregiver is immediately notified.
JM: This is the toilet seat?
Wheeler: This is the coolest device that we have here. It’s a hands free seat that raises and lowers. They call this a marriage saver, because whenever you leave the bathroom the seat automatically returns to the down position. It also has an integrated bidet function. The bidet has a washer front and rear and also blows warm air for drying, just like the hand driers. Only toilet I know that has it’s own remote control, and the only toilet I know that has FM radio. You can turn that on.
With all of this control of these individual fixtures and appliances, we can monitor how much energy we use. We can monitor how much water we use. We can make changes in our everyday life patterns that allow us to make a difference.
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