Bathtime… in 2021


It is the year 2021 and you have just walked into the bathroom. The lighting is just right, the water temperature is exactly as you like it and, if you get bored, you can see the news on your electronic shower curtain. This is what bathrooms will be like in ten years, at least according to a team of designers, psychologists and engineers. They say the next generation of fittings, from toilets, sinks and showers to cupboards and lighting, is already being developed. Women over 35 are particularly dissatisfied with their bathroom, their surveys show, because it is the room they use to relax and think away from the family.
Experts say the standard bathroom suite will soon look like a relic, as we demand an ‘interactive’ and ‘emotion-sensitive’ experience. It is relaxing and pampering on the one hand, but it will also allow us to use the range of technology we are becoming reliant on in other aspects of our lives, according to the report from bathroom manufacturers Ideal Standard.
Digital technology will play a big part, with electronic walls and shower curtains showing TV, internet or social networking sites which can be voice-activated. You will be able to make phone calls from under the shower and your interactive mirror – connected to the internet of course – might offer style tips on what accessories to wear with your dress, or let you see what your friends are wearing that evening via a video-link. The bathroom cabinet will remind you to take your medication and order a repeat prescription online when it runs out. The scales could tell you how many pounds you have lost or gained over the last month or year – and post it in on Facebook and Twitter so friends can make sure you are sticking to your diet.
Antonia Ward of the Future Laboratory said: “People are spending a lot more quality time in their bathroom. Consumers will also be more savvy about saving water and energy. Waste water from the shower will be recycled while the bathroom fittings will convert excess heat into energy. However, the top priority for many of those questioned in the study was a self-cleaning bathroom. Miss Ward added: “People are working on intuitive technology that could unblock the plughole and remove mould from the sink.”


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