KOHLER’s latest Numi intelligent toilet integrates with Amazon Alexa. Users can ask Alexa to access a playlist of songs, with the toilet acting as speaker. Aside from the Alexa integration, the Numi lets users customize their toilet experience, from choosing colored lighting to cleaning functionality. The toilet also comes with heated seat and foot warmers. All of the Numi’s features can be controlled through either voice command, the remote, or the KOHLER Konnect app.
The Numi 2.0 intelligent toilet anticipates needs before the user even touches it. As the user approaches, the seat will automatically open. Once the user is done, the toilet will flush and deodorize automatically. In addition, users can adjust water temperature, pressure, and spray. They can also create multiple user profiles to have the toilet adjust settings based on voice. The toilet’s speaker streams through Bluetooth technology. It is wireless, water-proof, and has a frequency ranging from 78Hz to 20KHz. The Numi 2.0 will cost an estimated $7,000 in white and an estimated $8,000 in black. It should be available to order in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The Numi toilet is part of KOHLER’s larger Kohler Konnect series, which includes products like smart faucets, tubs, mirrors, and showers. KOHLER announced the Konnect series at last years Consumers Electronics Show, otherwise known as CES. The Numi 2.0 intelligent toilet was announced at CES 2019, while KOHLER’s Sensate Touchless Kitchen Faucet was an honoree for CES’s 2019 Best of Innovation Awards.
The Kohler Konnect series is part of a larger push from companies to further expand into smart home technology. Last July, a market advisory firm called ABI Research predicted that the global smart home market will reach $123 billion by the year 2022. Given their strong position in the home appliances market, KOHLER should continue to lead the industry in smart home innovations.