Smart Faucet pours personalized water--e-mail too

A tap from Brazilian company iHouse identifies you using facial screening, then pours water at a preset pressure and temperature catered to your preferences.

Smart Faucet
iHouse

You didn't know you needed this one--a tap that identifies you using facial screening, then pours water at a preset pressure and temperature catered to your preferences.

And that's not all. While you wash your hands, the integrated touch screen on top shows a glimpse of your e-mail and calendar, along with the outside temperature, while built-in LEDs illuminate the pouring water in colors matching the water temperature.

The company responsible for identifying your need for a tricked-out tap is Brazilian design and engineering firm iHouse, which specializes in luxury technology for automated homes and boats.

During the last few years, iHouse products have included the Smarthydro, a bathtub with digital temperature controls, voice messages, and an automatic foot step. It has also launched Smartcontrol, a system that controls lighting, air conditioning, window blinds, and so on; and Smartgate, an automatic garage door that identifies cars by their license plates.

More or less all the devices can be remotely controlled via the Internet from a computer or cell phone. That includes the water temperature in the digitally controlled Smartshower, though the use of a remote-controlled shower slightly exceeds our imagination.

For all Smart Faucet technology can do, it isn't clear whether it also can decide if the user looks thirsty and would like some fresh, cool water, or has hands or a face that needs washing, although we find it unlikely.

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    Mats Lewan, IT and telecom editor at Swedish technology weekly Ny Teknik, has joined CNET News as a 2009 fellow with Stanford University's Innovation Journalism program. E-mail Mats.

     

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