When you think about it, there’s not a whole lot separating one shower head from another. Sure, they can vary in flow from high pressure – feels like painful, stubby needles – to low pressure – feels like it’ll take five years for my conditioner to wash out – but when it comes down to it, it’s just water that falls down over your head from a single focal point emanating from a perforated nozzel.
But now San Francisco engineering start-up, Nebia, has reinvented what it means to be a shower head. Instead of one focal point up top, you’ve got three, and with a second output of water that can be adjusted to hit you squarely in the back or stomach, it sure looks like a lot of flow for something that markets itself as using 70 percent less water than your average shower head.
The team explains how this works at the Nebia website: “Our technology uses nozzles designed to atomise water under extreme pressure, so that a stream of water is broken up into millions of droplets. The surface area of these droplets is 10 times that of a normal shower water droplet, enabling the shower to use much less water but get you just as wet.”
The developers say that while the average American shower can use up to 20 gallons (75 Litres) of water – which is up from 1999’s figure of 17.2 gallons – showering with Nebia technology can cut this down to 6 gallons (23 Litres). They’ve been doing the rounds of Silicon Valley with their working prototypes to snag some investors, the most high profile of which so far have been Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, and the Schmidt Family Foundation, co-founded by Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google. Source: This reinvented shower head uses 70% less water