Shopping for fixtures would tend to suggest finding a tasteful item—let’s say a faucet—that will provide trouble-free service for years to come. Or you could buy the “SmartFaucet” from Brazilian manufacturer iHouse, which users a facial recognition system to provide customized settings for each person it recognizes, outputting their preferred temperature of water while displaying email, calendar, and outside temperature on its touchscreen display. Red and blue LEDs inside give a visual indicator of how hot or cold the sluice may be.
There is a tiny part of me that actually finds this sort of nifty, but as someone who considers the bathroom a bit of a sanctuary—nevermind that I may or may not have written this post on the can—I question whether email alerts provide a compelling improvement over my current dual-analog water controls. [via Born Rich]