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PowerShower: Shower Smarter. Powered to save water.

Save Water & Energy when taking a shower. . .save over 3,000 gallons of water a year per person. (Pays for itself in a few months.)

PowerShower: Shower Smarter. Powered to save water.

Save Water & Energy when taking a shower. . .save over 3,000 gallons of water a year per person. (Pays for itself in a few months.)

$6,418
pledged of $100,000pledged of $100,000 goal
15
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, February 20 2016 10:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Think Water Conservation.

Imagine. . .Enjoying a warm refreshing shower…without using a wasteful 18 gallons of water! PowerShower cuts water usage on average by 50%. (Depending on how you use it water savings could be as high as 300%). A product for today.

POWERSHOWER…POWERED TO SAVE.

The importance of water conservation - protect our eco-systems from further damage - water conservation saves energy, fights drought and keeps more money in your pocket.  Today, conserving water is important. One way every American can help save water is in their shower… while soaping…the average American uses 18 gallons of water per shower…Cut that number in HALF or more with the patent pending PowerShower!  

Powered by microprocessor and motion sensor technology—all self-contained. The easy, hi-tech answer to water conservation and savings.
The motion sensor on/off that you see in sinks comes to your shower with PowerShower. With PowerShower, you use water when you need it…and keeps your water warm and waiting when you don’t. Just turn on your water and shower normally. PowerShower knows when you’re under the shower spray AND when you’ve stepped away, the water shuts off. Then the warm water comes back on again when you step back under the PowerShower.

On/Off Switch
You can still run a normal shower anytime PowerShower is turned off. 

PowerShower connects easily to any shower in America.
Designed to work with any shower, PowerShower simply attaches to your shower head. Easy do-it-yourself installation in minutes. Available in black, white or silver to compliment your shower décor. 

Cut water usage by 50% or more…with just a 50 dollar pledge. 

It will pay for itself in just a few months.Here’s the answer many Americans are looking for to reduce water usage, and in states affected by drought, to meet water reduction mandates. Get your PowerShower for a Kickstarter pledge of just 50 dollars!
(A savings of $29 over retail.) The water savings are significant, paying for itself in a few months. 

Video contains prototype

In filming our video for this kickstarter, we used a working prototype to show the product in use. Below is a photo of a more recent PowerShower that more accurately depicts what the product will look like. The product is available in 3 colors: black, white and silver.

To go into production, PowerShower is talking with an injection mold manufacturer for the product housing, as well as a technology production company for the microprocessor and sensor needed. Your pledge will help to bring a solution to water conservation and a change in America to begin showering smarter. Thank you for helping us reach our PowerShower Kickstarter goal. 

Risks and challenges

Where the project stands.

We are in final prototype stage. The working prototypes are functional and have the nearly final software version loaded. We have sourced all of the major production components with the exception of the plastic injection mold for the outside shell. We have the valve, microprocessor, distance sensor, battery fixture, relays, transistors, LED's and switches sourced. Currently we are hand soldering the electrical components together. For production we will have a custom printed circuit made and automated some/most of the component assembly. For the prototypes, we utilized 3D printing to create the outer shell. Part of the proceeds from the Kickstarter campaign will be used to fund the creation of the mold such that the mass produced version of PowerShower will use outside shells that are made using a high speed, low cost, plastic injection system.

The unique technology that is in our PowerShower product:

Most people are familiar with the automatic hand faucets that are available in many restaurants and airports today. Applying this type of functionality, in a self-contained unit for showering, presented several technological hurdles. Rather than just the simple, close proximity sensor logic used in hand faucets, an automatic shower system must incorporate much more sophisticated algorithms that can accommodate different size occupants with different showering habits.

To ensure long battery life, all of the electronic components were selected with low energy use in mind, including the main valve. Our main valve requires only a few milliseconds of power from the main circuit board to change its state (from open to close, or close to open). Once the valve changes state, powerful magnets lock the valve in place and power can then be removed. In addition to low energy components, our control software in the unit utilizes many energy saving techniques, such as only powering the long range motion sensor every half second for quick peek to determine occupant position.

To keep cost down and reliability high, we source high production commercial components that are used in many electronic applications. This includes our microprocessor/computer. Choosing a microprocessor that was inexpensive, hardened, small footprint and energy efficient proved challenging, however we found the perfect component manufacturer for our purposes.

For a complete demonstration of the product view our video on our Kickstarter page.

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Get 1 PowerShower (Retail value $79)
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    Family Pak
    Get 2 PowerShowers (Retail value $158)
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    First User Pak - receive a PowerShower beta in Spring 2016 to use and give feedback

    Plus 2 PowerShowers when produced

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