With louder whispers circulating about this brand since January 2016, I wonder, surely I am not one of the last to swoon over this fabulous lifestyle tech gadget, I have feeling I might just be!
Smart & Blue, is a french startup founded by Gabriel Della Monica, the man behind Hydrao. Specializing in creating connected devices through sustainable development, Hydrao is smart home gadget designed to build awareness about water conservation. The water-powered and Bluetooth connected shower head is an environmentally friendly connected device that tracks water usage in the shower and will no doubt appeal to the eco-conscious warriors and anyone who basically loves taking daily showers but hates wasting water.
Intended for a family of four, users first need to download the Smart & Blue mobile app, which is available on iOS and Google Play, before they can customize each threshold with their favorite color. Once the water is turned on, the connected shower head will begin to track the water flow instantly. When the green light emanates from Hydrao it will remain green as long as the shower water used does not exceed 3 gallons. When this water level is surpassed, the Hydrao will communicate with the mobile app and change colors to alert the user of the next threshold.
It helps to know that a 7-10 minute shower requires a minimum of 20 gallons of water and therefore Hydrao’s 3-tier thresholds have been designed to alert the users before that amount of water is reached. With Hydrao’s LED lights changing colours based on thresholds levels of 5 gal, 7 gal and 10 gal, after the first use you will quickly find out whether you are saver or a spender of water.
So what makes the recently awarded CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree worth the bucks? Well I love how Hydrao can track, measure and educate users on the importance of self-water restrictions. Also, for the DIY challenged like myself, this smart shower head is not only easy to assemble but it can also be installed into any standard tub and be transformed into a standard detachable shower head by simply removing it from its mount.