Disneyland’s exhibit “The Monsanto’s House of the Future,” (1957-1967) enjoyed only a brief stay in the park, but its impression on our society’s innovators was quite lasting. So much so, that it appears the future has arrived with LG’s relatively new smart appliances with THiNQ technology. With so many of us away from home, but still in need of completing house-hold chores, this sort of “Rosie the Robot Maid”-type innovention has been developed to help make our lives easier and more energy/cost-efficient.
These “away from home” smart-phone or tablet PC innovations feature:
Smart Grid – Allows users to control their home appliances: this feature utilizes a WiFi network that enables users to schedule oven cook-times (and cost of usage), washing and drying, and refrigerator defrosting (including refrigerator temperature settings that can be automatically adjusted depending on peak hours or when consumption rates are at their lowest) during the most energy/cost-efficient or convenient times.
Smart Diagnosis™ – Allows users to know when anything goes wrong on their home appliance: alerts and tracks the performance of appliances in the home, including refrigerator/freezer doors left ajar, unbalanced washing machines, completed washing/drying cycles, energy efficiency of appliance, or malfunctions.
Smart Access – Allows users to monitor and control the functions of their home appliances: from turning on the LG robotic vacuum cleaner, or starting the washing machine, to checking the temperature or contents in the refrigerator, consumers have touch-control of their machines even when they’re not at home.
Smart Adapt – Allows users to download updates for their appliances: options include pre-programmed recipes, washing cycles, voice recognition, etc.
Food Management – Allows users to keep track of foodstuff: including frequently purchased items, expiration dates, and where the item(s) can be found in the home.
What do you think? Would this technology make your life easier?
This is a guest post by Skaie Knox at DiggersList.com. DiggersList is a nation-wide online free home improvement classifieds that allows contractors, property owners, suppliers and DIY enthusiasts to buy, sell, trade or donate thousands of excess home improvement and construction materials.