In the earlier home tests, the prototype was bulky - almost the size of a standard work desk (about 60 cm wide). The latest version is half of that. This slimmer version is easy to fit in practically any bathroom. It also has a small circle in the centre, which emits light when water recycling starts.
"The shower is designed by the IKEA designer David Wahl. We added the lighting, which we think has made a big difference, by adding a kind of atmosphere to the product in a bathroom. In terms of the function, this version of the shower solution is the most up-to-date model from Flow Loop and as close to production as you can get with a prototype," says Antony.
Over the last 12 months, the latest version has been home tested in 17 different homes, with almost 4,000 showers taken.
The noise that the recycling system emitted earlier has been reduced to the ruffle of a table fan. "The earlier prototypes were noisy for technical reasons, and it was a distraction. One of our home tester's children called it a ‘dinosaur’," says Antony. So, Antony and the team decided to break down the shower from being a "dinosaur" to a "kitten". They broke down the complexities and took off the parts that were not essential to create a slimmer, lighter, and quieter version. For example, the earlier prototypes had many sensors to measure water flow and temperature during a shower. Therefore, the new version uses nearly 50 per cent fewer components than the last one. The shower's design and layout were also simplified further.