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A Remote Control for Your Shower

21/05/2011 Comments off

Kohler‘s been busy gadgetizing the bathroom for a few years with its DTV system. Now it’s added the DTV Prompt, a digital showering controller that mounts on the wall and lets users precisely select water temperature with its touch controls.

In essence, it’s a wall-mounted electronic shower remote with a one-button pause control. DTV Prompt works with up to two shower heads or faucets, letting users toggle between one or the other with a button push.

Before getting into the shower, the system’s “warm-up and pause” feature lets a user select the desired temperature. As soon as the water heats up to that level, it pauses the flow, awaiting a touch to begin showering, saving water in the meantime.

Further water and energy savings are possible with a countdown timer that can be set from four to 12 minutes, warning the user with a beep when there are two minutes and one minute left.

The controller, available in four different finishes, can be installed up to 20 feet away from the valves that control the water flow and temperature.

The DTV Prompt, priced at $187 for the controller and $455 for the thermostatic valve (plus installation), is a lower-cost addition to the Kohler DTV (Digital Thermostatic Valve) system. It was first introduced in 2006 with a $2,000 touchscreen shower controller that seemed modern at the time.

DTV Prompt Diagram

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A Building relies on the Paris Underground to provide clean and green heating

08/09/2010 Comments off

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A low-income housing building in Paris is under renovation in order to utilize a very unique heating system.

It will absorb heat produced by Parisian citizens that use the metro. Each passenger lets out about 100 watts of energy in body heat each time they enter and use the underground.

This is something thay among other things, explains the high temperature presented in underground railway stations compared to the temperature outside the stations.

The new heating system will draw heat up from underground in much in the same way as geothermal projects do, providing energy to heat the building’s 17 apartments.

The building is located directly above a metro station and is already connected via a staircase. The building is being renovated on Rue Beaubourg close to the Pompidou museum in Paris, and it is expected to be finished next year.

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