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Bathroom Technology: A Squeaky-CleanGuide

Bathrooms might not be the most glamorous places, but they have always been venues for innovation. Here is a guide to some of the most important innovations in bathroom technology since Thomas Crapper invented the flushing toilet during the Victorian age. You may think that’s a joke, but he really did invent the toilet!

Blade Hand Dryers 

Blade-type hand dryers such as those made by Blow Motion in the UK use twin sets of digital electric motors to push cold air through thin channels. This produces a high-density pane of air that quickly dries hands. There are several advantages of blade dryers when compared to their more conventional rivals. Firstly, they are incredibly quick: the thin panes of air swiftly remove water by slicking it off of the hand instead of evaporating it. Secondly, these dryers use only cold air. Hot air dryers are expensive to run and also tend to be prone to spreading and incubating bacteria. Not a good idea in the bathroom. 

Blade-type hand dryers first appeared in Japan during the 1990s. Japan experienced a boom in bathroom technology during this period, which saw the island nation adopt many futuristic tech solutions to everyday problems. It first emerged in the west when engineers at the Dyson vacuum company noticed that high-powered digital motors could be adapted for use in an efficient dryer. 

Smart Toilets 

Smart toilets are another innovation with roots in the Japanese technology boom of the 1990s. Early Japanese smart toilets had cleansing jets of water, flush selection, heated seats and a whole host of other features. Today, smart toilets are usually designed in a slightly more practical way. Modern smart toilets monitor water usage and offer environmentally friendly flush selection modes. They often flush using infrared motion sensors as opposed to a physical plunger. This helps to prevent the spread of germs and is especially useful in commercial or public bathroom settings. 

Shower Speakers 

Shower speakers have been around for a while, but they were traditionally only capable of producing very bad-quality sound. Bathrooms are incredibly hard to produce good sound quality in. This is because the waterproof tiling within a bathroom is highly reverberant. Any sound waves escaping a speaker will bounce off the bathroom tiles multiple times, creating an unwanted reverb effect. The most modern shower speakers use sound modeling technology to negate the reverberating effect of bathroom walls. You still won’t be able to get perfect sound quality while soaking in the tub, though. 

Smart Showerheads 

Water is an immensely valuable resource, and a great deal of the water used in a home is routed through the showerhead. Smart showerheads allow homeowners to monitor their water usage so that they can develop plans for the reduction of utility bills and help to reduce their carbon footprint. Smart showerheads are undoubtedly a reaction to the ongoing climate crisis – a crisis in which water usage plays a very large role. Water conservation is the name of the game in the modern bathroom technology industry.

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