The warmest welcome awaits you: on starting the new Hansgrohe Catalogue iPad App, a smiling female aims a hand shower at the user, the iPad fills with water and the woman disappears behind a curtain of pearly water droplets. The intuitive Catalogue App from mixer and shower specialist Hansgrohe (www.hansgrohe.com) can now be downloaded free of charge from the iTunes App Store. It surprises users with a broad range of functions that offer a fun, interactive experience and differentiate the app from a conventional online catalogue. Multiple features and films encourage journeys of discovery and highlight the endless possibilities that are available today for bathrooms and kitchens.
Information and overviews: what range of products does Hansgrohe offer?
The main menu is divided into three areas: shower pleasure, bathroom and kitchen, as well as information about the company. The broad range of Hansgrohe products appears with a tap of the finger, for example shower-related products: hand and overhead showers, shower sets (hand shower + shower bar) or showerpipes (thermostat + hand shower + overhead shower). For anyone who still thinks a tap is a tap, the mixer area provides an insight into the fascinating diversity available for wash basins and sinks: whether with an award-winning design, a white and chrome finish or a swivel spout.
Playing with styles: an introduction to the Hansgrohe design worlds
Avantgarde, Modern, Classic: three Hansgrohe styles each speak their own consistent design language. This helps you to design a truly stylish bathroom. A further helpful tool is a configurator, which enables you to test out the Hansgrohe mixers on several wash basin shapes. For the stylistically perfect combination of mixers and ceramics, simply tap products with your finger. The app can be used as a fun tool for expanding your ‘ComfortZone’ – the clearance area under the mixer: simply enlarge a wash basin mixer using two fingers – from the small, compact model for the guest toilet to the highriser model for conveniently washing your hair.
Release products and project them in your own bathroom: the camera function
A practical feature offered by the Catalogue App is perfect for anyone who wants to see how Hansgrohe mixers and showers would look in their bathroom: move the camera icon in the product view to automatically release a product. This can then be projected into your own bathroom. To do this, find the correct position in the shower, on the bath or on the wash basin or sink, trigger the camera then sit back and be amazed. This tool for virtually testing products offers real added benefits for anyone planning a new bathroom.
Films, features, gimmicks: fun, lively animations
The films and animations that the app provides for each product illustrate that the home of cuckoo clock is also a paradise for inventors and innovative sanitation engineers. For example, a short film on AirPower technology gives viewers a look at a three-dimensional shower cross-section and makes it clear just how much thought goes into product development in the Black Forest. Test for yourself how efficiently AirPower can mix water with air: simply blow air through your iPad’s microphone into the interior of a shower head. Voluminous, ultra-soft water droplets will bubble out into your iPad.
Buttons, icons, hotspots: even more interactive and informative features
A film on “EcoSmart technology”, which reduces water consumption by up to 60%, demonstrates the environmentally-friendliness of Hansgrohe products. Interactive buttons show users how to use QuickClean to gently rub off any limescale deposits on the shower head or the mixer spout. Icons provide information about the various jet types in the showers. Users trigger voluminous shower rain from the overhead showers. Hotspots provide additional information, for example about the material. The water temperature can be regulated on the touchscreen of the electronic shower control ‘RainBrain’ until the shower cabin steams up.
Create a notepad, use social networks, find a dealer
Users can save their favourite products to a notepad in the app, share them with friends on Facebook or recommend them by e-mail. The online dealer locator uses a GPS signal to determine the specialist bathroom retailer with bathroom displays nearest to the user. By scrolling through the app, you can also discover a great deal about Hansgrohe as a company, important design awards and international reference projects that show the top locations that use the highly-functional bathroom design “Made in Germany”.