We asked 1,100 consumers which innovations they’d most like to see in the ‘bathroom of the future’ and automatic facial recognition topped the list.
We found a consensus of excitement that tech will transform our homes, with one in five (46%) thinking the most exciting changes will be in the bathroom. A further 28% said that the kitchen is most ripe for innovation and just 9% believe that the living room will see most technological change in future.
Half of people also claimed that they would be more likely to shop with a brand that offered them access to technologies such as augmented reality (AR) or artificial intelligence (AI). This figure rises to 59% among 25–34 year olds.
Despite this, when questioned on their current bathroom tech, 68% of people said they believe their bathroom is outdated — with 42% of these even stating that it is very outdated. Just 14% thought their space was of a modern standard and only 6% believed it to be very modern.
Manufacturers and retailers therefore have a lot to gain if they can offer exciting, new and ground-breaking innovations to this audience, and encourage them to upgrade.
When asked which innovations they would most like to see in the next 10 years, 18% said that facial recognition, which automatically sets the user’s preferred lighting or water temperature variables when entering the room, would top the list.
A further 16% of people said they would love to see an in-shower voice device, which allows them to add shampoo, toothpaste and other essentials to their shopping list when they are running low.
An AR simulator, that shows how a hairstyle could look and provides step-by-step instructions on how to achieve it, came third on the list.
Which innovations would you like to see in your future bathroom? Take a look at the list below and let us know any suggestions in the comments section.
The top 10 bathroom innovations consumers would love to see in the next 10 years
- A face recognition system which automatically adjusts water temperature and pressure to your personalised settings
- A hovering drone mirror which allows you to style the back of your hair with ease
- An in-shower voice recognition that allows you to add shampoo, toothpaste and other essentials to your shopping list when they are running low
- An augmented reality simulator that shows how a hairstyle could look on your head and provides step-by-step instructions on how to achieve it
- A pep-talking mirror that gives you advice on your outfits based on a link to your personal calendar
- Three taps — one for hot, cold and ‘just right’
- A dressing machine that chooses your outfit and dresses you
- A full body air-dryer
- A height-adjustable sink, toilet and mirror that moves up and down depending on who is using them
- An ambient display which allows you to make a cup of coffee and answer the doorbell from the shower