Smartphones. Smartwatches. Smart devices. Products designed to make life a little easier and to stay connected. In hindsight, I have no idea how people worked, stayed in contact with friends, or got anywhere on time (shoutout to Google Maps!) before them. What is fascinating is how the technology in these smart devices has impacted other everyday household items.
Take the humble kitchen faucet, as an example. A few years ago, I had no idea one could both turn on and turn off a faucet other than by using the handle. When we remodeled our kitchen (for those keeping track, the *first* time we remodeled our kitchen), I worked with Delta and installed a Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O® Technology. With a simple tap, the faucet turned on and off, like magic.
I loved the convenience of this tech so much, we installed these faucets in our studio space as well. Having the luxury of tapping the faucet has led to a few embarrassing moments while visiting public restrooms or other houses (my own parents’ home, for one). After multiple taps with no results, I realize that not everyone has a faucet with Touch2O Technology installed in their home.
Imagine my delight when Delta reached out and asked if I would be interested in installing a new Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O Technology and VoiceIQ™ Technology. Available at Lowe’s, the Trask Kitchen Faucet has a defined, yet slender look that brings a fresh look to our space. Additionally, VoiceIQ Technology pairs a Touch2O faucet with an Amazon® Alexa®* or Google smart device, allowing you to use your sink completely hands-free.
Admittedly, I thought it to be a bit much to pair with my Amazon Alexa for voice commands. It feels bougie enough to have the tap technology on my faucet, but does my kitchen faucet really need to have voice command? Even though I was skeptical, I was willing to give it a try.
Already conditioned to ordering Alexa around, it wasn’t difficult to get used to saying standard voice commands to turn the sink on and off. Yes, it was convenient to be able to turn the sink off from another room after the kids had left it on, or to turn it on in prep for scrubbing dishes.
Where the VoiceIQ shines is assisting in cooking. I could ask Delta to dispense a 1/4 cup of water, and voilà, I had a 1/4 cup of water—no measuring cup required. The faucet will respond to requests in ounces, cups, pints, quarts, gallons, liters, and milliliters. I could continue my meal prep, and fill a pot with the precise amount of water needed without hovering over the sink†.
My favorite feature of the VoiceIQ Technology, however, has to be the custom fill, specifically for Winnie’s dog bowl. After logging into my device online, I can set up a custom measurement for just about anything. (Seriously, they have a fishbowl and baby bath listed as standard options!!) Once I input the amount, I can test it out to make sure I’ll have a perfect amount each time.
One last feature that has sold me on owning a smart faucet is that I can track water usage from this faucet. If you’ve been following along, you may know that I’m on a quest to become a better human, and part of my personal mission includes being mindful of my consumption, not only of goods but also of resources. I’m able to see how much water I’ve used on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. VoiceIQ Technology has kept me accountable to my goal of reducing my water consumption and, as far as I’m concerned, that’s one of the best benefits of smart devices there is.
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† Sequences shortened and simulated
BY Kate Arends - January 14, 2020
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.