Moen unveiled its latest smart faucet at CES this week: the Moen Smart Faucet with Motion Control. The new feature adds handleless operation, using gestures to control temperature as well as flow. But you can still have a handful if you really want one.
The idea is that you operate the faucet using sweeping and pushing motions in front of the sensor to get hot, warm, or cold water. The Moen Smart Water app should allow you to set default temperatures, as well as further customize gestures.
The new faucet has all of the functionality of the existing Moen Smart faucet, including voice activation (with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant). It is also possible to provide precise measurements and temperatures – so you can request a 100 degree cup of water, as well as presets for common commands (such as the right temperature and volume to fill your relative coffee maker. to your water bottle).
There are two gripless styles at launch and four options that also feature the more traditional control option. Pricing starts at $ 675 and varies based on style and finish, and it will be available for purchase in April 2022.
Moen also announced integrations between its smart faucet and other smart water products and its new smart water system, a residential smart water ecosystem centered on the monitor and Moen’s Flo smart water shutdown. .
If a home has the smart water monitor and a Moen faucet and / or a smart shower, the devices should soon be able to communicate with each other to help winterize the system and prevent pipes from bursting by flushing them. water pipes.
The Smart Water Monitor mounts to a home’s main water supply line and monitors water flow, pressure and temperature to notify you of leaks, broken pipes and other potential issues .
When paired with other Moen products and controlled by the Moen Smart Water app, a homeowner is expected to be able to tell the system to overwinter by shutting off the water entering the home and purging the water line. water through the tap and the shower. When it’s time to put the pipes back into circulation, a Health Protect feature should flush the water lines to prevent dirt, debris or germs from building up in the line.
The system also has a built-in frost protection function. When it detects high pressure or low temperatures that could cause a pipe to burst, it can automatically shut off the water in the house through the monitor and the Flo Smart water shutoff, and then purge the water line. water using the Moen faucet and shower.
The integration of the Moen Smart Water app with the smart faucet will be launched in 2022, and the smart shower will arrive in the app in 2023.
This type of integration currently requires a substantial investment in a company’s products, but the whole-home approach to protecting and monitoring a home’s critical infrastructure is a key part of the possible future of the smart home. .