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Trends CONNECTED HOMES The reality of preheating an oven remotely or checking on a roast from another room caters to consumers' need to multitask.These technologies are now available, but the missing piece is how to connect them all. "Unfortunately, many of the systems and products that are available on the market right now are increasing in complexity instead of simplifying," said Pfiefer. "We see a strong, unmet demand for simplifying technologies." Amazon's Echo is one of the first to take on the task of connecting and simplifying. Controlled by voice activation, Echo can control lights, switches and thermostats with compatible systems, turn on music or audiobooks and even answer handsfree cooking questions or order pizza. This type of connectivity has appeared often in individual products, like Bluetooth-controlled coffee makers, grills or ovens, but the need for a more connected system of products - one that can communicate better with the multi-tasking consumer in the kitchen - is evident. "The time of individual products is over,"Pfeifer added. "An increasing number of appliances are ABOVE LEFT Inspired by an architect's lamp, the Artesso Single-Handle Articulating Kitchen Faucet from BRIZO is available with SmartTouch technology. As a twist on classic pulldown architecture, the spray wand can be easily docked and undocked. ABOVE RIGHT The new 4-Door Flex Family Hub refrigerator from SAMSUNG features a WiFi-enabled 21.5-in. LED touch screen, as well as an inner camera and features like schedules and map location. RIGHT TOP Caseta Wireless, LUTRON's smart home solution that controls lights, Serena Shades and temperature with a smart device, remote control and with Siri, can help set the scene for entertaining or cooking with the touch of a button or to happen automatically based on time of day. RIGHT BOTTOM GAGGENAU presents the 400 combisteam oven series with an exclusive fully-automatic cleaning system for appliances with fixed inlet and outlet water connections. linked to each other and sharing information.This will be the future of significant innovations and products with high potential." An innovation in the market would be a refrigerator that senses an empty juice carton and can order more - Samsung has one right on the verge with its newly released Family Hub Refrigerator - rather than television screens on backsplashes. Products with potential are those that help consumers eat healthier, like the Orange Chef Co. Prep Pad that uses a smart scale to measure and log nutrition. Finding ways to streamline these products and further simplify lives is just around the corner, according to manufacturers. "Technology will allow us to create custom kitchens for each family and individual, for each weather condition and for each building typology," said Bebchick. "The kitchen is everyday more integrated to the common space of a house, and technology is facilitating this. We have new safe ways of cooking, new ways to efficiently clean the air or water and new materials that are easily adapted to different functions. The future of technology in the kitchen could be limitless."  17

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016

Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016
Contents
Editor's Note
Happenings
Hot Topic
Trents
Dealer Dish
Better Business
All Abroad
Tech Savvy
What’s Hot
What’s Cool
Adding a powder room prompts master bath renovation
Two kitchens and a master bath accommodate family life
Learning Corner
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Intro
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Cover2
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 1
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Contents
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 3
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 4
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 5
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Editor's Note
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 7
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Happenings
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 9
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Hot Topic
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 11
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 12
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 13
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Trents
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 15
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 16
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 17
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Dealer Dish
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 19
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Better Business
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 21
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - All Abroad
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 23
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 24
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 25
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 27
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Tech Savvy
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 30
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 31
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - What’s Hot
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 35
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - What’s Cool
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 37
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Adding a powder room prompts master bath renovation
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 39
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 40
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 41
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Two kitchens and a master bath accommodate family life
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Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - 47
Kitchen & Bath Business - May/June 2016 - Learning Corner
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