Do tablets belong in the bathroom?

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Tablets have long since been established at being perfect for the kitchen, with various apps and accessories being made for exactly that purpose. I still find it amazing that people who are trying to get funding for a stand-type product on Kickstarter includes that oh so familiar shot of it being used in a kitchen in their videos, as at this point that’s frankly synonymous with saying “this product does nothing new”.

But what about the bathroom? This seems to be a place that few people advertise their universal products (like stands) working, despite there actually being quite a few products that would fit in nicely there. How about a Bluetooth enabled toothbrush with corresponding Android app? Or an app-connected scale? Or a blood pressure monitor for those who need that? And let’s not forget the shower, how about some music courtesy of a shower-friendly Bluetooth speaker? If you’re the kind of person who goes straight to the bathroom when you wake up, you might also want to use the time to check how your sleep was. And that’s just the specialized stuff, let’s not forget about more simpler things like reading the paper while on…you know.

It might sound a bit ridiculous to stuff so much tech into a bathroom, but these products exist. Which means that I assume there are at least a few people out there who use them. I can certainly see the usefulness in some of these too: the Bluetooth toothbrush might be perfect to get kids to do the full two minutes, a scale that won’t let you modify the results can be both good and bad, and having back-up singers join you through the speaker in the shower is sure to please all the neighbors. But tablets in the bathroom? I don’t know… Then again, as long as the steam from the shower doesn’t end up killing your poor tablet, it might have more to do in the bathroom than many people realize.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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