With smart phones fast becoming the general rather than the exclusive, it was only a matter of time before their usability extended to the household in a practical manner. As the home becomes a more complex network of visible wiring and invisible wireless connections, convenience and efficiency are some of the main keywords when it comes to developing applications for the phone. Especially ones that communicate with your domestic appliances.
Apps Can Control Appliances
Many major brands such as Whirlpool, Miele and LG are developing smartphone apps that will provide information about the status of appliances and can even turn them on and off at the touch of a button. These apps will communicate via home internet routers and offer an excellent range of benefits depending on what appliance is being used.
Miele iPhone AppFor example, Miele have designed an iPhone app which keeps a check on the refrigerator via sensors. If you forget to close the door or leave it slightly ajar, then the sensor will pick up on this, and transfer a warning message to your smartphone. Not only is this highly convenient but practical in the sense that you’ll save on energy.
LG THINQ Total Appliance Control
LG have gone further and created a total domestic appliance solution which allows a smart phone user to manage their household effectively and efficiently. Their THINQ™ technology is designed to allow your phone to keep tabs on all aspects of appliance usage.
You’ll soon have the option of choosing the optimal time to run your washing machine on the most efficient electricity usage based on your internet connection scanning local power rates.
There’ll also be a diagnosis mode for appliances which provides specific error codes sent to your phone to better aid technical support when you call them.
Another useful example is something that can aid when you are outside the house; the innovative food management app. This monitors your refrigerator and allows use of voice commands and drag-and-drop icons on the fridges LCD display to source what you need from the supermarket. It would then send this information to your smart phone when you are out and about shopping.
How Apps Can Control Appliances
Apps for your appliances are soon to be commonplace, saving you the big three when it comes to the home; time, energy and money.
Author: Halit Bozdogan is a writer for Appliances Online, the UK’s largest on-line retailer of kitchen appliances. He has had an HTC Desire for the last two years and his new smart phone is the HTC One X. He is not fond of iPhones.
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