Product Report: Let’s Play Musical Shades

Product Report: Let’s Play Musical Shades

Photo courtesy of Kohler.

What can we say? We like Bluetooth and other wireless technologies that entertain us and make things work around the house, without us having to do … anything, really.

This week we bring you two wireless Bluetooth-enabled bath products that sync with smartphones and other mobile devices to play music through a showerhead or a bath fan. Once Bluetooth is set up, the speakers will automatically sync with a smartphone and be available to play music for your cleaning and preening delight.

That’s pretty cool—and we’re bound to see more products like this.

Since we’re in the bath, one of the best places for motorized shading is that difficult window over a tub or spa. Hunter Douglas offers a great solution that also works wirelessly and anywhere throughout the house to block a view or give you one.



Shading on Cue

Photo courtesy of Hunter Douglas.Photo courtesy of Hunter Douglas.

Take a look at this Pirouette shade from Hunter Douglas that provides both the great look of a Roman shade and allows one to see through when needed, by pinching sections of the fabric and splaying them so you can see through them, like blinds.


Soft, horizontal fabric in 4-to-5-inch vanes are attached to a single sheer backing and can be used in widths of 12 to 144 inches and heights of 15 to 144 inches.

The shades can be controlled with Hunter Douglas’ PowerRise wired or battery-powered motorization via a remote, or automation controls can be sent from a control system to the Platinum Gateway ($300) and then onto the home’s network and the shades to enact scenes throughout the house.

An Apple iPhone and iPad Platinum App offers personalized custom controls and a timer feature allows users to schedule personalized “scenes.” For whole-house control, Platinum repeaters can be added, and we’re told an Android app is also on the way.




Giving Music Streaming a New Meaning


Photo courtesy of Kohler.Photo courtesy of Kohler.

Sell ’em a good enough home, and they’ll want to sing in the shower to Kohler’s Moxie musical showerhead that uses wireless Bluetooth technology to stream music from a smartphone right to the showerhead. A water-resistant, wireless speaker mounts to the 4-by-5-inch showerhead via a powerful magnet, so it can be reused and charged. Some 60 angled nozzles direct the water stream to scrub-a-dub-dubbers. The lithium ion battery is good for about 7 hours of music.

The Moxie speaker plays wirelessly in or out of the shower, so you can charge it up to use in the kitchen or take to the beach. It syncs with Bluetooth-enabled devices including smartphones, MP3 players, tablets and laptops located up to 32 feet away.

The showerhead and speaker comes in white, polished chrome and four new colors including navy blue, chartreuse, retro blue and cherry red. Options include a 2.5-gallon-per-minute model and a WaterSense-certified 2.0-gpm version that will save some water and help earn efficiency points in a LEED Green Building Rating System.

The $199 musical showerhead is plastic with a silicone face to make it easier to remove calcium deposits, and comes with the wireless speaker and micro USB charging cable.



Bluetooth Bath Fan


Photo courtesy of Homewerks.Photo courtesy of Homewerks.

OK, if we brought you a showerhead speaker, we have to bring you Homewerk’s Bluetooth Bath Fan speaker as well. The Bluetooth-enabled bath fan streams music wirelessly in home bathrooms and is compatible with most Bluetooth-enable smartphones, tablets and laptops. After the initial set-up, the fan connects to the device automatically when it’s within the 30-foot range of the speaker. Since the Bluetooth speaker is integrated directly into the bath fan wiring, there is no need to recharge the speaker. The Bluetooth Bath Fan generates 90 CFM of air movement while remaining quiet (1.5 Sones) and efficient. The sleek, white design mounts in 9.4-by-9.4-inch opening in ceiling and can be positioned between joists with suspension brackets

Users flip a wall switch to turn the speaker functionality on, and cycle off and turn back on within .5 and 2 seconds to turn on both the fan and speaker. The fan retails for under $149 and can be found in stores and online at The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Ace Hardware and True Value Hardware.

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