CES 2020: Alexa-enabled shower allows you to listen and wash at the same time

Rob Waugh
Contributor
The Moxie shower head has a speaker built in (Kohler)

“Alexa, play Handel’s Water Music.”

That could be a phrase heard in showers worldwide, after the world’s first Alexa-enabled shower head was unveiled at tech show CES.

The Moxie shower head by Kohler has a waterproof speaker in the middle, and can play music while users shower. 

Kohler suggests that users can use the shower to listen to music while they get clean, or listen to news bulletins via Alexa.

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It could also be used to control other smart home devices; for instance, to put on the kettle downstairs or to turn the heating on if it’s chilly.

Kohler also unveiled a fully functional ‘smart toilet’ with Alexa commands, one of several on the market.

‘Smart toilets’ have also made headlines at CES, with companies showing off models armed with Alexa voice-control, seat-warming, surround-sound Bluetooth speakers, and even firework-esque light shows.

Grohe’s Sensia Arena is among the models already on sale in the UK, with an app-controlled bidet function and lights which illuminate when a user approaches. 

The Kohler Numi 2.0 smart toilet is displayed during a press event for CES 2020 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 5, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

The lid rises automatically when the toilet senses someone approaching.

It’s one of many surreal gadgets unveiled at the US tech trade show, including televisions with 8K resolution, twice as sharp as current 4K Ultra HD sets.

The four-day trade show will also see the chief privacy officers from Apple and Facebook appear together on stage for a discussion on data privacy - an issue the two firms have publicly disagreed about in the past.

CES organisers have also been forced to defend the event over its decision to hand a keynote speaker slot to Ivanka Trump, daughter of US President Donald Trump.

Ivanka Trump's scheduled appearance has been controversial (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The White House adviser is scheduled to appear alongside CES boss Gary Shapiro for a discussion on the future of work, but some have criticised the decision, claiming she is benefiting from nepotism at the expense of other, more qualified women from the technology sector.

Mr Shapiro told the BBC that Ms Trump had done "great work" on job-related issues and said the discussion would show how the tech industry was working with the US government.

The convention, which is expected to welcome more than 170,000 visitors, officially opens on Tuesday.