Case Study: Home NetWerks Showerhead with Bluetooth SpeakerAn improved smart consumer product for the shower
Opportunities to Improve Performance and Experience
“If water runs to it, through it, under it, around it or near it, Homewerks Worldwide will bring it to market.” We like that kind of determination, so when Homewerks came to us with an idea for a showerhead with Bluetooth speaker combination — an addition to the company’s growing line of smart products for the bathroom — we were pleased to accept the challenge. There were competing models on the market, but Homewerks saw an opportunity to improve on two key factors: ease of recharging and water-flow quality.
We agreed with Homewerks that adding technology was not an excuse to compromise on the primary function of a showerhead, to spray water. So we designed a horseshoe-shaped speaker that sits behind the broad showerhead face (six inches in diameter), where it’s not only out of sight, it can’t interfere with the spray pattern. We engineered the speaker to connect with a magnet, so that it’s easy to install and to remove as needed for recharging with a micro USB cable. No tools are required. In fact, the speaker can be used anywhere inside or outside the home. The size makes it suitable for travel.
Consumer Product Design Innovations & Recognition
The showerhead is self-cleaning, offers five spray settings and meets EPA WaterSense criteria. After the initial pairing with a Bluetooth-enabled device, the speaker connects automatically whenever the device is in range. A simple, intuitive control interface allows users to begin or pause play, control volume and skip tracks from the shower. At HomeDepot.com, customer ratings average 4.6 out of 5 stars. Homewerks received the prestigious Vendor of the Year Award from Home Depot.
The Home NetWerks Showerhead with Bluetooth Speaker is a great example of a product that “just works.” Learn more and purchase here.