It sounds sexy, showering together, but is it?
Whether you're getting frisky in there or not, some couples see showering together as a way to nurture and strengthen their relationship. The problem is that most showers are built to support a one-person activity. That single stream of water leaves coupled cleaners with one person in the warmth and one in waiting.
The problem caught the attention of two engineers, Brett Skaloud and Jeff Feiereisen, who met while working at Amazon. Skaloud has over 15 years of experience designing products from the ground up, including Amazon Scout and Amazon Go. He teamed up with Feiereisen, who has worked as an engineering lead at Microsoft and Amazon (where he launched Amazon Go with Skaloud) to make Boona, a tandem shower.
The makers worked on numerous iterations of their product over the last year before launching it on Kickstarter. Now Boona has over 2,900 backers kicking in over $650,000 — over 65x their original goal, with a week to go.
So how does Boona work? It’s an after-market solution, meaning it was created to work easily within the setup you already have, making it an option for renters and homeowners. It fits like a tension curtain rod at the top of your shower, with two opposite-facing shower heads on either side connected by an insulted hose. There are three pressure settings and a valve allows you to adjust the flow of water between the showerheads.
And who said you can’t shower solo and enjoy two streams all on your own? No one.
Get more details on how Boona works.
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A team at Brown University just launched Portal-ble, a open source library that enables hands-on interaction with augmented reality apps using just your phone. The work is funded by the National Science Foundation and a gift from Pixar.
With Portable you can, for example, pick up a cup of virtual coffee or move around chairs. “We're not talking about gestures in the air, but rather your hands in the space where the virtual object would be,” the website shares.
Portal-ble can also run on non-smartphone devices like Snap’s Spectacles.