Tech Savvy: A new wave of appliance technology for the home
With appliances, technology upgrades are a big interest because people can really see how it can change their lives. What stood out among a vast array of technology upgrades and promises for the future was measured in items that can make everyday...
With appliances, technology upgrades are a big interest because people can really see how it can change their lives.
What stood out among a vast array of technology upgrades and promises for the future was measured in items that can make everyday life better, easier, faster. The appliances were front and center for technology at the annual CES consumer electronic show in Las Vegas earlier this year. The show highlights products with the ability to change everyday living, as well as hint at where the future trends may be.
• Whirlpool had some amazing new items they were showcasing. One being their all-in-one washing machine and dryer-you never need to transfer loads again. Not only is this an all in one unit, but it's also connected to your smartphone to notify you when cycles are completed or if you need to take something out prior to it starting to dry your clothes. It also has a detergent reservoir for auto dispensing.
• Whirlpool also had their scan to cook on display. Here you can scan the barcode of a frozen meal and your oven will automatically receive the directions.
• Last but not least, Whirlpool had its food recycler, which makes compost in 24 hours. Zera is a plug in kitchen appliance that uses airflow, high heat, internal mechanical action and a package of coconut husk to grind down the food and turn it into fertilizer.
• Like many at CES Whirlpool is integrating the Amazon Echo into their appliances so you can set a timer, adjust the temperature, ask how much is left on a wash cycle or pause the dryer.
• Samsung also had very innovative appliances. Their Family Hub 2.0 is available across all appliances. Samsung's refrigerator has a 21.5 inch LED touchscreen, which acts as an interactive and customizable bulletin board for the family where you can share photos, access calendars or write memos.
• Not really an appliance but the OPCOM Farm was a unique way to grow herbs, vegetables, fruits or flowers in your home, office or restaurant. The Grow Box and Grow Wall are indoor gardening system, which allows you to grow all year round (nice for Minnesota winters). The soil free systems are designed with LED lighting that is set for optimal growth and also has an automated watering system built in. Pricing is set at $499 for the GrowBox and $599 for the GrowWall.