By Kelli B. Grant
Senior consumer reporter and “Deal of Day” columnist Kelli B. Grant travels to Las Vegas to find the best, the worst, and the most hyped gadgets at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Join her as she roams the exhibit floor for three days, with dispatches here and on Twitter @kellibgrant.
Last year, visitors to the booth for iDevices — a catch-all term for products that work with smartphones and other gadgets — were introduced to a cool device called the iGrill, which uses Bluetooth to connect a smartphone to a grill thermometer, with app controls to monitor the pinkness of your meat.
So when we heard that the company would be introducing something called iShower this year, naturally we assumed it would be a remote control for shower temperature and flow. Right? Unfortunately, no.
The iShower is a waterproof speaker that can be mounted in the shower or packed for the beach. It uses Bluetooth to stream music from a computer, stereo or other nearby source within 200 feet. (It’s also waterproofed or, presumably, similarly Liquipel-ed.) Experts say wireless, waterproof speakers aren’t anything particularly new, but the iShower does offer somewhat more control over your playlist with back and skip buttons.
The device will be available on March 31 for $100, but consumers yearning for the ability to pre-program and remote control their shower have a longer wait ahead. A spokesman says more home automation and remote control technology is in development.