Connected appliances coming to a home near you
Wifi plays an important part in the homes and lives of many people today. Not only is wifi used to access the internet, it is now being incorporated into smart appliances. Wifi appliances are varied, from toothbrushes monitoring your brushing habits to fridges warning owners if the food is off. So, are connected appliances making their way to your home?
Smarter appliances may be just a couple of years away
Samsung is just one company that is embracing smart appliances which have wifi connections. They are investing around £66m million into devices that aim to make life a lot easier. What’s more Samsung believe that nine of ten appliances the company makes are going to be wifi controlled in the next couple of years.
Technology firms at the Consumer Electronics Show explained just how wifi appliances would be able to make life easier for people. Smart appliances may allow people more time to relax and just enjoy life.
Smart Things Hub for a smart home
Samsung has taken over Smart Things. The Smart Things Hub can turn any home into a smart home. It allows a range of different appliances to be connected and they can then be remotely controlled. The hub doesn’t just work with products from Samsung; it will work with other manufacturer’s products.
There are numerous top brand names looking into wifi appliances, these include LG, Google and Sony. LG have designed a washing machine that is smart, along with an oven and a fridge, both of which may be remotely operated via wifi.
Sony has been working on lights and speakers that can be controlled remotely through a smartphone and wifi. Google is also working on the Nest, their take on the home hub to make appliances smarter.
In the near future doors will be able to be locked and unlocked from anywhere using a phone and app. A home alarm will alert you on your smartphone if there is an intruder. Lights can be automated to switch on and off at certain times. Music could be played to greet you when you walk through the door. Coffee machines, blenders and toasters may be automated or you could control them from anywhere in the home.
Wifi enabled appliances make life easier
There has been talk about wifi appliances in the home since 2013 when Qualcomm developed a prototype for a coffee machine that was wifi enabled. This early machine allowed people to order coffee and then be sent a notification when it was ready. Phillips also made their version of a wifi coffee maker.
- Samsung has designed a washing machine that have mobile apps connected to them, so you can set the washer settings from anywhere, once you put the clothes in it of course;
- thermostats can be programmed through wifi to change the temperature or turn on air conditioning;
- vacuum cleaners are wifi connected to the smartphone and they have come a long way since the first Roomba automatic vacuum arrived.
Replacing appliances may end up costing a great deal of money - more so if they are wifi enabled. Extended warranty insurance for appliances is an option that may save you money in the long run. Taking out a policy with a standalone provider may lead to comprehensive insurance along with competitively priced cover.
In a press release we issued earlier this year KAPUT warned that as many as 70% of consumers failed to appreciate the way in which warranty insurance works and that the age group most likely to have this gap in their knowledge are 45 to 54 year olds.