Gizmo Guy's bathroom gadget primer

Moxie is a showerhead by Kohler that includes a magnetically attached Sound Capsule. This diagram shows a see-through view; in real life, it's a shiny solid.
Moxie is a showerhead by Kohler that includes a magnetically attached Sound Capsule. This diagram shows a see-through view; in real life, it's a shiny solid.
Posted: April 19, 2013

NO ROOM in the house is safe from a gadget invasion - not even the bathroom.

Back in their hipster days, the horn-rock band Chicago introduced a song suite called "An Hour in the Shower," implying conduct "under the influence." Today, all it takes to keep you stalling is the entertaining Moxie, a single-function showerhead from Kohler ($199) with a magnetically center-mounted Sound Capsule humming your happiest tunes.

Waterproof shower radios have been available for decades, but this updated device is different, neater in form and function.

Instead of tuning in FM or AM radio, the Moxie's Sound Capsule boasts a high-efficency, amplified speaker with an onboard Bluetooth receiver powered by a lithium battery good for seven hours of use between charges.

That combo opens up your wet 'n' wild listening adventure to any music stored on or streaming from a nearby Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone, tablet or computer - music services like Rhapsody, Pandora and Spotify, the wide world of Internet radio stations or music you've bought or transferred via iTunes, Amazon and the like.

Setting up the Moxie's Sound Capsule's link to your Bluetooth-enabled device requires a visit to the latter's settings page. Once paired, the sound sender and catcher can be located even a room away. But each time you power up the Sound Capsule, you need to put it near the sending device momentarily so the two gizmos can reconnect.

That's a mite odd but no big deal, as the cone-shaped Capsule pops in and out of the Moxie showerhead with ease, even with soap in your eyes.

So how does it sound? Pretty good.

If you relish the bright resonance of singing in a shower, you'll like the coned music playback, too. Even bouncing off tile walls, voices and instruments are clearly defined, so long as the production isn't intentionally rough or cluttered. There's a fair amount of bottom-end bass warmth pumping, too.

And as it's the centerpiece of a well-dispersing, rotatable shower head, the speaker can be angled perfectly toward the ears, so you won't mind that the thing doesn't play particularly loud.

STEAM HEAT: Every action has a consequence, and that high-tech shower concert will likely steam up the bathroom. That's where the new DewStop Humidity and Condensation Fan Switch ($49) comes to the rescue.

Easily replacing an existing fan switch behind a Decora-style faceplate, the DewStop features a built-in sensor that automatically turns on the exhaust fan in response to a high level of condensation. The air extractor keeps humming for a half-hour before automatically shutting off. Under most circumstances, that's sufficient time to clear away the moisture that nurtures mold and bacteria. DewStop also has manual controls, with a green "power-on" indicator light.

BACK ITCH SOLUTION: As my dermatologist lectured recently, too much shower time dries skin to an itchy state.

Doc's remedy? The L'Applique Lotion Applicator.

It's an ergonomically designed, 14-inch, flexible-plastic wand resembling a back scratcher but way more useful, with a washable foam pad on the end for spreading moisturing lotion to all those hard-to-reach places. Spotted on line for $12, replacement pads go for $5 a pair.