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Hot List: Genius Ideas for the Home

High-tech solutions are popping up in the kitchen, bath, laundry, and more

Written by Sally Finder Weepie

Since its introduction in 2015, the DuPont Corian Charging Surface has been powering up smart devices in hotels, restaurants, and homes around the world. Now, with the introduction of the Qi compatible iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8S models, the Corian Charging Surface offers a convenient, stylish, and inconspicuous alternative to standard cords and wires that is more effortless than ever. Thanks to the built-in Qi receivers in iPhone 8 models, an external receiver such as a charging ring is no longer required. The new models can be charged by placing them directly onto the charging spot on the Corian Charging Surface. The device is installed just underneath the surface of any Corian solid-surface or quartz product from Corian Design by a certified fabricator. The transmitter is specifically engineered to transmit through Corian Design surfaces with magnetic induction, which safely and effectively transfers power from the charger to a smart device. 

Kohler has introduced Kohler Konnect, a new platform that allows homeowners to personalize their experience with Kohler products through app presets and to automate everyday tasks in the kitchen and bath through voice control. Homeowners can operate the kitchen faucet, control features of an intelligent toilet, run an invigorating shower, automatically fill a bath to a desired depth and temperature, and adjust the lighting embedded in a bathroom mirror, all by using simple voice commands. Kohler’s Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror (shown) has Amazon Alexa built in. 

The new Beale MeasureFill pull-down kitchen faucet from American Standard is the first on the market to deliver an adjustable set volume of water on demand. This contemporary-style, high-arch faucet streamlines cooking and baking tasks while helping to reduce clutter in the kitchen – no measuring cups needed. Employing brand-exclusive MeasureFill technology, this innovative faucet delivers an exact volume of water, from a half cup to up to five cups, achieving the precise measurement faster than using a conventional measuring cup. For ease of use, a blue LED light illuminates the dial window and the volume marks when the measuring function is in use. Available April 2018.

For those living in a small space without room for both a washer and a dryer, Whirlpool has a solution. The Whirlpool Smart All-In-One Care Washer and Dryer combo allows for one load to be completely washed and dried in the same machine. The ventless unit will fit in a variety of places including under kitchen counters, closets, laundry rooms, and bathrooms for those with limited space. The unit can even be set to begin drying automatically after the wash cycle completes. Smart technology also allows consumers to remotely monitor the unit from a mobile device through the Whirlpool mobile app or control the unit remotely on the Apple Watch.

Samsung brings innovation to the laundry room with QuickDrive technology. Responding to consumer demand for speed and cleaning performance, the 24-inch compact washer cleans laundry up to 35 percent faster.  “When you’ve got a pile of laundry to do, you just want to get it done as quickly and efficiently as possible,” says Shane Higby, Vice President, Home Appliance Marketing, Samsung Electronics America. “The introduction of the WW6850N washing machine with QuickDrive technology underscores our commitment to providing consumers with options for tackling their laundry needs to free up time for what really matters.” Available this year.