Smart Appliances Still Must Win the Hearts of Buyers

Smart Appliances Still Must Win the Hearts of Buyers

Now you can talk to your refrigerator, washing machine and dishwasher through your phone, but what's the value added?
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Whirlpool Smart Washing Machine

Green Builder Media

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 9:00am

CAMPAIGN: Internet of Things


For several years now, the advent of smart home devices have allowed you to turn on and off the house lights, change a room’s temperature settings and record your favorite TV shows or movies from your phone without even being home.

But that pallette of options is expanding rapidly. In the past, you would either call home or have someone take a peek inside the fridge or you would just buy it on your way home. Soon, your refrigerator will do so much more, such your send your phone a notification that it’s time to pick up milk or even when your Jell-O is ready to eat.

This isn’t a new concept. In the early 2000s, LG introduced the Internet Digital DIOS, the world’s first internet refrigerator, which came with a webcam so you could see what was inside. But its whopping $20,000 price tag kept it in the novelty categorty..

Now FirstBuild has introduced the ChillHub, which retails at $2,999, and features an app that enables users to check on their cold cuts, watermelon and orange juice whenever they want.

But smart appliances are still in the slow-launch phase, much the way digital televisions were, prior to changes in TV standards.. In an October, 2014 Washington Post article, Whirlpool’s global director of user experience and connectivity said that the buyers of web-connected washers are still not widespread.

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