High-tech tap sets temperature using facial recognition


April 22, 2009

iHouse SmartFaucet knows your taste in H2O

iHouse SmartFaucet knows your taste in H2O

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April 22, 2009 Once a new technology hits the deck we are constantly surprised by the different scenarios in which it gets applied, so I guess that means we should have seen this one coming. iHouse has unveiled a new concept product which brings facial recognition - a feature we've only recently become accustomed to seeing in digital cameras and security applications - into the home bathroom. Dubbed the SmartFaucet, this indulgent piece of plumbing recognizes you when you stand in front of it and delivers water flow and temperature to suit your individual tastes, all while checking your email on the inbuilt touch-screen.

The SmartFaucet's screen sits at a 45-degree angle in the position you would normally find the tap handle, and along with access to toothbrushing necessities like email and calendar, you can also see what temperature it is outside. LED's at the leading edge change color to indicate temperature, which does seem a little over the top - even for this concept - although perhaps it does add to the Jetsons flavor of the design. Space age design aside, tere is one very practical and serious application of this idea that immediately springs to mind - it could be a way to stop small children getting scalded.

The innovative tap is part of a high-tech loft built by iHouse for the FEICON construction show in Brazil last month which extends the use of facial recognition beyond the bathroom. The company also showcased Fadec, a more general application of the technology that would be used to control air conditioning, shades, lights, or tie in with other iHouse products like the Smarthydro intelligent bath.

Via: iHouse via Bornrich.

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This is overstretched: so what if you are not in the faucets database/there is a virus? Are you locked out of your faucet? After you did the big thing now you cannot even wash your hands. I wonder whether you need a training to use it. You do not just simply turn it, do you?

As if it were not enough to be bothered with the constant stream of emails on all those blueberries, netbooks, iphones and androids. You need also your faucet to start talking to you to bother you with well targeted spam. You last retreat/place of relaxation in you bathroom is gone. From now on you are on. Always. Your faucet watches (after) you.


How long will it take for the idea of this faucet to be used as a plot element in a murder mystery movie?
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