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Moen has launched the U by Moen shower, a Wi-Fi/cloud-based digital system that offers mobile connectivity and personalization, and provides homeowners countless ways to create their ideal showering experience with the push of a button.
“As consumers, our desire to be connected is growing every day,” said Andy Conroy, senior director, wholesale marketing for Moen. “Whether it’s connectivity with our home heating and cooling, sound or lighting systems, technology is making it easier than ever to wirelessly control. At Moen, we thought why not connected water? How can we improve the overall experience with water by adding the benefit of smart technology?”
The U by Moen shower includes a digital valve that offers precise, thermostatic temperature control, and enables the user to connect up to four shower devices (showerheads, hand showers, body sprays, etc.). The Wi-Fi-connected digital shower controller features a five-inch, non-touch, LCD screen that provides feedback on the shower status through on-screen messaging and notifications.
For users’ safety, the shower valve will allow temperatures between 60 and 120 degrees. As they change the water temperature, the color of the screen will evolve from light blue, dark blue, purple, orange and red indicating the system is warming up or cooling down to reach the desired water temperature
When the shower is ready, the screen will turn white and provide an on-screen notification and signal with a tone. The controller itself has seven to nine buttons – depending on whether it's a two- or four-outlet system – enabling users to accurately control their shower experience.
The U by Moen smartphone app gives users the ability to create up to 12 personalized presets, including name, greeting, outlets, temperature, shower timer and notifications. It also allows users to have the shower pause at initial start-up once it reaches the desired temperature.
Not only can users create their personalized shower experience from within the app, but they also can fully control the shower from their smartphones. They can turn on the shower, change temperature and turn outlets on and off with the push of a button.
The app also allows users to customize system-wide settings, such as the outlet icons, which Wi-Fi network the system is connected to, language and time zone. Security is an important aspect of any connected device, and Moen has thoughtfully designed each U by Moen shower product to have a unique encrypted key that helps protect against outside sources and give consumers peace of mind that their connection is always secure. And since the system runs off of the owner’s Wi-Fi network, the shower cannot be remotely activated from the app when the user is not at home.
The smartphone app is available as a free download from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.