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CONTROL YOUR SHOWER WITH THE SOUND OF YOUR VOICE: U BY MOEN™ SHOWER NOW OFFERING ENHANCED VOICE ASSISTANT INTEGRATION

Feb 4, 2019

CONTROL YOUR SHOWER WITH THE SOUND OF YOUR VOICE: U BY MOEN SHOWER NOW OFFERING ENHANCED VOICE ASSISTANT INTEGRATION

North Olmsted, Ohio… From
setting the thermostat from across the room to creating a grocery list while
doing the dishes, consumers continue to capitalize on the convenience offered
by digital voice assistants. Moen, the #1 faucet brand in North America, is expanding
the capabilities of its first-to-market U by Moen shower to provide
even more innovative ways to interact with water, now offering enhanced functionality
with Amazon Alexa, and compatibility with Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant
– as well as a new Matte Black controller finish for additional design customization.

 

U by
Moen is a next-generation Wi-Fi/cloud-based digital shower which offers mobile
connectivity and unmatched personalization, providing homeowners countless ways
to create their ideal showering experience, with three choices to control the shower:
voice activation, smartphone app and an in-shower controller.

 “At
Moen, we’re committed to developing smart innovations that enhance people’s
everyday experiences with water, and that innovation doesn’t stop once we’ve
launched a product,” says Michael Poloha, group manager, IoT, Moen. “With the
increasing popularity of digital voice assistants, we wanted to make sure
consumers have several options available regardless of the smart home ecosystem
they choose, as well as streamline the commands to make controlling your shower
as simple as possible.”

Activating with Voice Commands:

To
activate U by Moen shower, users can ask their voice assistant to remotely
start, stop and pause the shower with the sound of their voice. Once they have
created personalized presets in the U by Moen app, homeowners simply state the
name of the preset or specify a specific water temperature for the shower
within the command.

 

Sample
commands include:

  • ·        
    Amazon
    Alexa
    : U by Moen is now integrated as a Smart Home Skill, making
    the commands more intuitive. Users simply say, “Alexa, start preset ‘Morning
    Shower,’” or, “Alexa, turn on my shower to 103 degrees” to get the shower
    running. Homeowners also can make U by Moen part of smart home Groups, to
    control all smart products in a group at one time, or Routines, where turning
    on the shower is triggered along with several other simultaneous tasks. For
    example, when consumers say, “Alexa, start my morning routine,” starting the
    shower can be integrated with other actions like turning on the lights and
    opening the blinds.

  • ·        
    Apple
    HomeKit:
    Users can ask Siri to remotely start the shower, saying
    “Siri, turn on my shower,” or “Siri, start preset ‘Post-Workout Shower.’”

  • ·        
    Google
    Assistant:
    Control the shower by saying commands like “Hey Google,
    turn on my shower to 101 degrees” or “Hey Google, turn off my shower.”

 

Users
will know the commands have worked as the device will reply indicating the
desired activity has been completed, the app on their smartphone and the
controller in the shower will respond by lighting up, changing color and
reacting to the specific command.

How U by Moen Works:

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, handshowers, 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
controller’s design not only is stylish, but it also provides users with the
best of connected features and functionality. They can customize settings
directly in the shower and save them with one of two preset buttons. Depending
on their style preference, homeowners can choose a Terra Beige controller
finish, or new Matte Black. The new Matte Black finish integrates seamlessly
with Moen’s expanding portfolio of Matte Black bath products, creating a clean,
sleek, modern look fitting for a high-tech home.

About the App:

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 to ensure
the connection is always secure. The smartphone app is available as a free
download from both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Easy to Install:

“At
Moen, we not only listen to the wants and needs of consumers, but to those
individuals who will be installing our products. To make installation easier, U
by Moen shower offers a 30-foot data cable between the digital valve and
controller so it can be put wherever is most convenient for the plumber and
homeowner,” Poloha adds. To give users peace of mind, the digital valve also
has an optional battery backup kit available. If the power happens to go out
while someone is in the shower, the system will not shut off.

 

U by Moen shower features Moen’s
best-in-class warranty* to ensure superior quality. For more information about the
U by Moen shower, visit
moen.com
or
call 1-800-BUY-MOEN (1-800-289-6636).

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*For
complete warranty information, visit
moen.com. Important exclusions
apply. Warranty only applies to original purchaser.

 

Amazon, Alexa and all related logos are
trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates

 

Apple HomeKit, Siri and all related logos are trademarks of Apple Inc. or
its affiliates

 

Google Home, Google Assistant and all related logos are trademarks of
Google LLC, or its affiliates


Contact     Emily Baker or Courtney Yerega

                        Falls
Communications

                        (216) 696-0229

ebaker@fallscommunications.com

cyerega@fallscommunications.com