15 Jan FutureHAUS bathroom heads to Vegas
On Tuesday, Jan. 19, the latest piece of the FutureHAUS project will debut at KBIS 2016 in Las Vegas, the largest kitchen and bath industry show of its kind. You may recall that the FutureHAUS’s kitchen debuted there last year, where it received a great deal of attention, including an article in USA Today.
The bathroom offers a lot of new and exciting ideas, many that were suggested by students during an interdisciplinary research class in fall semester that included students from architecture, industrial design, and computer engineering.
Here’s a sneak peak at some of the features the bathroom has to offer:
The FutureHAUS™ research team at Virginia Tech has designed a smart bathroom that integrates new and innovative fixtures, technologies, and materials to create the Internet of Things bathroom. The work proposes a comfortable home environment that is smart, functional, user-friendly, accessible, and energy and resource efficient.
The prototype integrates user-friendly electronic interfaces to control water and temperature flow, to monitor energy and water usage, to accommodate working heights for multigenerational users, and to customize music and lighting. An interactive mirror display is the information wall for the bathroom, serving as its virtual interface. The mirror provides useful information including time, date, weather, and morning traffic along with bathroom performance data.
The focus of the bathroom is innovation, predicting the future on how integrated technology will improve the way we live. This high-tech room is another prototype testing the viability for pre-fabricated “cartridge” components to transform the way we build buildings in the future, especially as we expect our architecture to accommodate innovations of the digital age.
And here’s a behind the scenes look at the construction process: