Home automation systems and smart home devices are hot topics now. That market has reached a point where almost anyone can use their iPhone or Android device to control their home’s lights, operate their motorized shades, control their whole-house music or arm their security system. But has that same level of integration and smart functionality reached into some of our most basic electronic products—our home appliances? The answer is yes, sort of.
An article in the new issue of Electronic House reveals what the new, innovative smart appliances can do and what companies are making them.
Soon you’ll find smart appliances from several major manufacturers. Those dishwashers, refrigerators and ovens have features that allow them to participate in the Internet of Things digital ecosystem. Some can send you status alerts or updates to your smart phone. Others connect with popular smart home products like Nest thermostats and others are able to monitor themselves to maximize their efficiency.
One of the most interesting of the new smart appliances is a washer/dryer system that not only allows the user to completely control operations from a smart phone, but will also make charitable donations to Habitat for Humanity while doing laundry (at the owners discretion, of course).
Another company has developed a refrigerator that automatically captures digital photographs of the contents, and makes those pictures available to the user on a smart home app. When you’re out at the grocery story, you can check the photos to see if you’re low on milk.
The possibilities of smart appliances are only in the beginning stages, but the future looks very promising for this important part of the market. Read about the latest smart appliances in this Electronic House article now.