K&B Innovation: Best New Tech

One trend which is universally on the rise is the use of smart technology in every aspect of our daily lives. Kitchens and bathrooms are no exception- appliances and products alike are moving toward and integrated approach to consumer use. Being able to connect appliances with smartphones and tablets is only the beginning- and we've got 3 new products we think worth considering including in your upcoming kitchen or bath project.

Alexa Kitchen

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Amazon's Alexa is already a staple in many homes, but there are even more reasons to use it on the horizon. Amazon has announced that it is now planning to add cooking capabilities to this already multi-functional technology. This mean that soon you will be able to use Alexa to instruct your appliances. No more searching for the proper button on your microwave or dishwasher- you will be able to simply ask for the setting you desire.  This technology must be used in conjunction with equipped appliances,  so major appliance companies such as Whirlpool, LG, Samsung and GE are all working towards launching Alexa integrated products.

Kohler Konnect Smart Bathroom Mirror

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Kohler has just launched its new range of Kohler Konnect smart products, all aimed at integrating voice control into your kitchen and bathrooms. This mirror in particular has all sorts of neat settings- including brightness, mirror angle & magnification, microphones and speakers for starting your morning the way you like. One of the neatest aspects of this new product is that not only is it voice controlled, but it also recognizes individual voices and their associated preferences. So when you ask for "Start my morning", your favourite lighting and song will start up, while what your partner or child prefers will be activated by their individual voices. 

Hiku

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Hiku is a smart device which addresses the age old problem of the grocery list. This smart tech is a fridge magnet which can scan barcodes and take voice commands, which then automatically uploads items to an app on your smartphone. This means you will always have your grocery list at your fingertips, whether you've had time to check the fridge or not.