Everywhere you turn at the 2012 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) there are new products even more advanced than you ever thought possible. After exploring never-ending aisles of sinks, faucets, bathtubs and toilets, this smart new company got my attention. It’s a power product!
FastMac’s U-Socket is absolutely ingenious. This California-based company added a USB port to the everyday electrical outlet. It can be installed in place of your traditional electrical wall outlet and frees your wall from your growing collection of bulky adapter plug-ins. I (along with everyone else that stopped by) left this booth wondering, “Now, why didn’t I think of that?”
Next, I stumbled upon – a sleek green refrigerator? Urban Cultivator is a company that essentially lets you create your own personal garden in your kitchen. You can grow fresh herbs and greens all year round. These neat little units let you put soil right in the growing trays and they distribute the right amount of water and light to grow your greens. That’s a bright idea.
This KBIS award-winning product caught my eye. It’s for the non-green thumbed people like me. This darling “I-Pot” light by Cashido can help your struggling work plant live to see another day. This little light plugs into a USB port and gives your plant the light it needs to stay strong and vibrant. Now, if I could just get the watering part down, I might have a chance.
Of course, our Kohler booth was making quite a splash. Our plumbing group launched the new Underscore® baths with VibrAcoustic® technology. I’ve never seen a bathtub quite like this. It allows you to literally feel music throughout your body while bathing. I dipped my hand in the sleek tub and sure enough felt vibrations of techno music pulse through my fingers. After a long day, a soothing VibrAcoustic bath with – say some classical tunes – yes, please!
Our updated OnCue® Generator Home Management System was also making some waves. This remote monitoring system, when used with our new programmable interface module, allows you to control items like your storm shutters, your home security system and even your lighting with the touch of a button while you’re away. Imagine the worry that would be erased knowing that your home would be protected during an unexpected power outage even if you’re not there.
I had quite the KBIS experience in the windy city. I truly was blown away by all of the innovative products that trimmed the aisles of beautiful kitchen and bathroom products. As I was reflecting on my first KBIS experience, I couldn’t help but think of how many technological advancements truly rely on power. Even though our plumbing friends were the stars of our booth, I think our generator gained a few fans as well. After all, without power, we couldn’t fully experience any of these innovative products.