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KOHLER Introduces VibrAcoustic Sound Therapy Bath Tub

May 16, 2012


Adding to the wave of its recent technology innovations, Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath design, introduces VibrAcoustic® technology on all nine models of the Underscore bath tub line. Vibroacoustic is a technology-based sound therapy defined as hearing and feeling sound vibrations through the body. Focused on complete body relaxation, the new Underscore VibrAcoustic baths are engineered to ease tension and stress. Additionally, the quality of the sound system is so good that it can be used as a stand-alone audio solution for the entire bathroom. The bather can stream music and podcasts through the bath from a mobile device via hardwire connection or wirelessly with a Bluetooth®* receiver. The VibrAcoustic technology is controlled by an intuitive full-color touch screen user interface. “KOHLER VibrAcoustic technology truly is a multi-dimensional experience. It’s like going to a rock concert – you can hear and feel the music and vibrations throughout your body,” says Ann Roever, business director for Kohler bathing products. “With four original compositions to choose from and the ability to play your own music, it’s an experience that can fit any mood –relax and unwind or rev up for a busy day or fun night out.” The four experiences are original compositions that integrate music, vibration and lighting in order to encourage the bather’s breathing rate to align with the beats or chord structures. The bather cannot help but drift into deep relaxation. The VibrAcoustic Experience – Four VibrAcoustic experiences envelop the bather in a multi-sensory environment. These original compositions were created in collaboration with a renowned sound therapist and are choreographed uniquely for this bath to optimize the vibroacoustic effect, in which the body is led into a state of complete relaxation. In addition, two massaging beat experiences add even more physical vibration that can be adjusted to the desired level of intensity to personalize the bathing experience. Six transducers producing music/vibrations are strategically placed surrounding the bath allowing the bather to not only hear but also feel the music streaming in from one of the four preset VibrAcoustic experiences. The transducers are located both below the water for the vibration experience and above the water for the audio. A newly designed touch screen user interface allows bathers full control of their experience and the option of listening to a favorite play list from their mobile device, internet radio or home computer by simply plugging your device into the amplifier or streaming wirelessly with your Bluetooth®* receiver. Chromatherapy lighting is synchronized with the four preset VibrAcoustic experiences and will also align itself with the rhythm of outside music. The four lights in the bath cycle through eight different colors and myriad color combinations and patterns. A color dial even allows bathers to choose a particular hue of each color. Underscore Bath Design. The acrylic Underscore bath is available in nine sizes ranging from 60-by-30 inches to 72-by-42 inches, including a 48-by-48-inch cube-shaped model, and is available in five colors with both drop-in and undermount installation to ensure a natural fit with other design elements in the bathroom. The Underscore baths’ simple, crisp design lines perfectly complement granite, stone or tile. Underscore baths feature a slotted overflow that creates a deeper-than-normal soaking experience. In comparison to overflow drains found on traditional baths that are round and positioned lower, limiting the water depth, the large, slotted overflow drain positioned near the Underscore bath rim maximizes the level of water in the bath for a true soaking experience.  About Kohler Co. – Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, tile and home interiors, and an international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

News Courtesy A-1 Plumbing Newswire


NAHB International Builders Show 2012

January 6, 2012

The NAHB International Builders’ Show® 08-11 FEB 2012, Orlando Florida, is the largest annual light construction and residential building industry trade show in the United States and one the largest building industry tradeshows in the world. In 2012 the NAHB International Builders’ Show will be 68 years old, will exceed 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, and will attract well over 50,000 exhibitors and attendees from 100+ countries. In addition to the exhibition, the show offers 200+ educational sessions and is host to construction-related meetings, special events, and workshops. The export potential at the NAHB International Builders’ Show is very high. Every product used in light construction or residential home building is featured at the NAHB International Builders’ Show. Seminars: The NAHB International Builders’ Show will offer more than 200 educational sessions, workshops, and seminars focusing on the business of residential and light commercial construction and current building industry trends. Attendees can also visit demonstration areas located on the show floor, which will include the newest installation techniques and tools for steel and wood framing as well as concrete buildings, structures and foundations. Target Buyers: Home and light construction builders, architects, developers, land use planners, government officials, building owners, consulting engineers, marketing firms, design/build firms, general contractors, and the wholesalers and distributors of construction materials and equipment. “The International Builders’ Show is truly unique,” said Bob Nielsen, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders. “No other event provides such exceptional education and networking opportunities and such a superb showcase of top quality products for the home building industry. We’re expecting more than 50,000 attendees and more than 800 exhibitors at the 2012 show. “The IBS also demonstrates the strength, resilience and tenacity of the home building industry. Housing has been hit much harder by the downturn than any other sector of the economy, and we are very pleased that so many manufacturers and suppliers have recognized the value of exhibiting at the IBS and continue to participate each year,” Nielsen said.  Karen Formico, marketing manager for longtime IBS exhibitor Broan-NuTone explained the value that participating in the show provides for the company, which is North America’s largest producer of residential ventilation products such as range hoods, ventilation fans and indoor air quality products. “In these tough times, Broan-NuTone recognizes that our customers have limited resources and can’t attend multiple events as they may have in the past. Because of this, we have selectively cut back our face-to-face marketing efforts, eliminating those events that don’t provide the greatest return,” Formico said.  “The Builders’ Show remains the single best way for builders and specifiers to find the best solutions to their construction challenges and, as such, continues to be an important part of our marketing efforts. We feel it is still one of the best ways to reach the great majority of our customers in an environment that lets us interact with them on a personal level and, more importantly, lets them interact with our products and learn how we can help solve their challenges. In a world that’s moving toward webinars and online education, there is still nothing better than hands-on and face-to-face contact,” she said.  In addition to an outstanding lineup of almost 200 education programs and more than 400,000 square feet of product exhibits, the upcoming IBS will provide numerous networking opportunities for attendees. “Our members greatly value networking, and we strive to meet that need with innovative, value-added programs,” said Nielsen. “The ‘Centrals’ are a good example. We have designated specific areas of the show as Centrals for various specialties such as custom building, multifamily and remodeling. At the Centrals, attendees can meet others working in their field, get answers to questions, and see presentations that address the issues they deal with on a day-to-day basis. We also organize product tours so that people at each Central can meet with exhibitors showing products suited to their segment of the industry.”   The IBS also provides attendees with perspective on how the housing industry and their own businesses function in the context of the broader national and international economies. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke will speak during a special session of the NAHB Board of Directors meeting on Feb. 10. This is an outstanding opportunity to hear from a man who is at the center of the nation’s efforts to mount an economic recovery. Registered IBS attendees will be welcomed as part of the audience on a first-come, first served basis.   

News Courtesy A-1 Plumbing Newswire

Versatile New Line of Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks Offer Smart Features

October 31, 2011

Get more out of your kitchen with the smart, stylish, and innovative features of the new “appliance sink” now available from American Standard. The sink is already one of the most functional kitchen fixtures, serving as a place to wash dishes, rinse vegetables, defrost meats, and even wash pets or small children. American Standard has pulled it all together in a new line of stainless steel sinks that includes useful accessories like a cutting board and colander set that integrate seamlessly into the sink itself. The appliance sink features deep, spacious, straight-sided bowls to easily hold large loads of pots, pans, dishes, and glasses. Its brushed stainless steel surface is designed to compliment stainless steel appliances, while the drop-in installation style adds to the clean, contemporary look of the sink. A trio of useful accessories comes standard with the appliance sink: a colander and glass cutting board that slide along the ledge of the sink for increased stability and convenience, and a roll-up stainless steel grid to protect the surface of the sink. The new offering of kitchen sinks also includes a series of traditional single, double, and even triple bowl sinks in both undermount and top mount installation options. Prep sinks, laundry/utility sinks, and unique styles like corner mount sinks and round or oval vanity basins are also available in the same attractive brushed stainless steel. Various faucet and drain configurations can be selected for any sink to accommodate most standard faucets. The solid stainless steel construction of these sinks, in both 18 and 20 gauge, is guaranteed by a limited lifetime warranty. ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS – American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners. American Standard® is a registered trademark of American Standard Brands.

News Courtesy A-1 Plumbing Newswire


November 8, 2009


You have your PDA. Your GPS. And the all-important apps on your iPhone. Digital technology is not only a part of our daily lives; but these devices really help to solve everyday problems faster and easier. But at the end of the day… when it’s time to unwind at home, are all digital devices actually functional – or are some of them just fun? “While it’s true that the first generation of tech-savvy products for the home were very game-like in their functionality, manufacturers have learned that in order for a product to succeed in the digital marketplace, it has to offer a lot more than just a fun interface,” said Jack Suvak, director of market research and insights, Moen. “Many products today offer functionality and fun – and turning technology on at home doesn’t mean your house is going to resemble a scene from ‘The Jetsons’… with robotic appliances and cold, difficult-to-use products. Today’s tech-savvy products can be user-friendly and blend seamlessly into your décor.”

And, most of these products are found in the three rooms you use most – the kitchen, master bathroom and bedroom.

Counter Intelligence. The kitchen was one of the first rooms to incorporate technology, so many homeowners are comfortable with adding digital devices to this hub of the home. Plus, we’ve all seen how technology really can “work” in the kitchen – and is more than just a frivolous addition to the room. From microwaves that can sense the weight of food and adjust cooking times accordingly… to dishwashers which can sanitize dishes and glassware instantly… these tech-savvy additions have become a mainstay in many American homes.

Not surprising, research by Moen found that the kitchen was rated as the most important room to add technology (at 20 percent), followed by the master bedroom (16 percent) and master bathroom (15 percent).

One of the most unique digital devices to enter the kitchen scene recently is the Verizon Hub. This innovative home communications system allows families to stay current and connected by managing their communications, contacts and calendars, all from one easy screen on the kitchen countertop. Perfect for the busy family, the Verizon Hub allows users to do everything from check local traffic and weather before leaving the house, update your calendar and automatically receive a text when an appointment changes, find the number of a new restaurant or get directions to a new site when soccer practice is moved. Families on- the- go can also access the functionality of the Verizon Hub remotely from a companion web site and the home-based Hub will be instantly updated.

And for those who actually still cook in the kitchen… there are a number of smart, tech-savvy appliances for the chef in all of us. Sharp’s SuperSteam Oven has a sensor that measures the moisture in food, so it knows when to stop popping popcorn, defrosting chicken or reheating lasagna. Plus, you’ll never have another piece of burned toast with the Breville Smart Toaster. This innovative machine comes with a chip that detects bread temperature, so it knows to cook frozen slices or thick bagels just a little longer.

Beeping in the Bath. After the kitchen, the master bathroom was one of the next-highest-rated rooms in which homeowners desired technology – primarily because many experience problems in the bath where a touch of technology could provide extra assistance. According to Moen research, 42 percent of those surveyed experienced one of the following problems in the bath: • Water temperature in the shower is difficult to set/control. • Water temperature in the bath tub is difficult to set/control • Bath tub water gets cold too quickly. Fortunately, there’s an innovative, tech-savvy product which provides a solution to all of these problems. The new ioDIGITAL™ easy-to-use interface from Moen gives consumers the ability to set and maintain water temperature and flow in their shower or bath with electronic precision. “With ioDIGITAL, it’s like having your own personal digital ‘butler’ – that will set your vertical spa with the perfect temperature and flow; turn on your shower from across the room or while still in bed; or even top off your bath with hot water,” said Mark Knurek, senior product manager, Moen. “And the best part is that you can do all of this as easily as if you were programming a car radio. It’s that simple.” The foundation of ioDIGITAL is its intelligent interface. Providing quick, visual feedback, LED indicators flash until the requested settings are achieved – no more guessing if your shower or bath is ready. Plus, the Roman Tub application features a remote control with a Hot Top Off feature, which allows users to easily warm their bath by filling the tub at the lowest flow setting with the hottest water temperature.

Let’s Get Digital in the Bedroom. And finally, if you think the only digital device made for your bedroom is the snooze button – think again. There are products that actually help make sure you get a restful night of sleep. With the Zeo Personal Sleep Coach, you slip on a headband when you go to bed, which transmits your sleep information wirelessly to the Zeo bedside display and alarm clock. In the morning, the bedside display tells how you slept (how many times you woke up, how long you were in deep sleep, etc.), and then you can visit a personalized web site to upload your sleep data. Once you start tracking the patterns, you can understand how your lifestyle affects your slumber time and get personal tips on how to get a night of better zzz’s.

“Even in today’s economic times, be it ever so humbled or price reduced, there’s still no place like home,” said Robin Avni, senior director and lead home/garden strategist, Iconoculture, a leading consumer research and advisory firm. “And homeowners are still willing to invest in little luxuries – especially those with technology – as they enable us to stay connected with each other as well as the outside world.”

And while tech-savvy products may seem like a big bite for some to chew… imagine how we ever manually rolled down our car window – or actually used a key to open the door? What once seemed like unnecessary inventions are now modern conveniences we couldn’t live without.

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