Samsung revealed a washer-dryer controlled by mobile devices, the latest “smart home” concept debuting at the CES.
Samsung’s WF457 washer dryer has an embedded touchscreen on its face and offers an app so mobile devices can control the machine using a Wi-Fi Internet connection. Users can remotely choose a wash cycle and duration, pause the cycle, and get alerts on a smartphone or tablet when the task finishes.
“We can take this idea a long way,” said Robert King, head of consumer electronics at Samsung UK. “In the future, you’ll be able to control various aspects of your home from a number of digital devices. We’ll go as far as the imagination can take us.”
And if CES is any indication, imaginations are off and running.
Earlier this week, LG unveiled several smart home appliances at the show, including a refrigerator that helps people keep track of their diets. The new smart appliances, which use LG’s Smart ThinQ technology, incorporate device-to-device features so owners can use mobile devices and computers to manage them.
The “smart” refrigerator door has several technologies, such as Smart Manager, which allows owners to use the appliance’s LCD panel or their smartphones to check the contents stored inside, as well as their expiration dates, and can even recommend recipes that can be made with the available ingredients.
Other smart home appliances on display this week at CES include a vacuum cleaner that can be started remotely and clean the house even when nobody is home, and the a Smart Oven, which allows people to check cooking settings through their mobile devices and cook food even when they’re not home.
Samsung hasn’t released pricing or availability for the laundry machines, but LG, which unveiled a similar washer dryer run on its Smart ThinQ technology, said prices would probably be between $1,000 and $2,000.
As more people use smartphones and tablets, both Samsung’s and other company’s advanced lines of appliances likely will catch the attention of people who need to be away from home, but who want to keep constant contact with their devices while they organize their increasingly busy lifestyles.
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