Smart appliances with a conscience
As homes and appliances get smarter, consumers will still want a human touch to influence technology.
To re-imagine the future of a fully connected home ecosystem Whirlpool launched smart products like the first connected, donation-enabled laundry pair and a kitchen environment concept with smarter surfaces.
At the 2015 CES, Whirlpool is predicting the future of the kitchen with the debut of the Interactive Kitchen of the Future 2.0 – a concept cooking environment and fully connected, social media hub that syncs devices and all kitchen appliances so everything and everyone can you communicate with is within reach using existing surfaces.
In a conceptual demonstration at the show, Whirlpool brand illustrates what it would be like to create an interactive backsplash and cooktop that connects you to your social networks, favorite websites, and recipes for customized meal and guest planning, without added devices or books.
The interactive backsplash with personalized touch screens also enables live “chats” with mom for her secret tips and tricks, an oven which will turn on just in time to ensure dinner is ready, and a refrigerator that sends an alert notification when food is at its freshest.
“We’re using technology’s biggest stage to showcase what our design team does best – visualizing the future of appliance technology that has yet to be invented and its influence on the home,” said Brett Dibkey, vice president and general manager of Integrated Business Units for Whirlpool Corporation. “We take special care to merge our designs with cultural observations. A lot of people are connecting a lot of “things,” but very few are creating true consumer value. Whirlpool brand’s purposeful use of technology does not get in the way, it points the way.”
The demonstration envisions the whole suite of appliances predicting and adjusting needs and actions based on the task. Using information from other devices and connected appliances to assist, the system auto-adapts to any cooking curveballs, such as using ingredients already inventoried in your fridge, accommodating last-minute guests tracked via GPS, even making wine recommendations based on the selected meal – all displayed vividly on the backsplash.
Innovation and Connectivity with a Conscience
In addition to this unique future concept, Whirlpool's use of technology is on display in its next-generation Smart Top Load Washer and Dryer that puts “smart” to use in a whole new way, reflecting how modern families give and get care on a daily basis.
The Smart Top Load extends the award-winning ‘Works with Nest’ collaboration in laundry. In addition to home and away controls that help prevent wrinkles and delay cycles when energy costs are high, the new top load triggers a quiet mode within the Whirlpool Mobile app while at home for a little extra peace when you really need it. Consumers can also access custom wash cycles direct from Whirlpool Corporation engineers. These anticipated cycles include high performance athletic wear, comforters, baby clothes, hand-wash fabrics and more.
The laundry pair turns a seemingly mundane chore, laundry, into an act of love that benefits Habitat for Humanity through the new Connect to care program on the Whirlpool Mobile app.
This connected pair enables families to automate donations to Habitat for Humanity (a longstanding Whirlpool partner) where every load of laundry triggers a donation based on the families’ preferences. By doing what most families do daily, Whirlpool consumers can help other families thrive, which exemplifies that the best technology should make us more human.
“Whirlpool has thrived for more than a century because our innovations come straight from the heart of consumers,” said Jon Hall, senior brand manager, Whirlpool brand. “We’re committed to bringing to life technology with a true human touch. We study how individuals give and get care and never use technology in a product that does not provide a useful, real benefit to the person using it.”
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Topics: Appliances, Connected Homes / Smart Homes, Cost of Ownership, Dishwashers, Energy Star, Healthy Homes, Kitchen, Product Reviews, Ranges, Refrigerators, Trade Show, Wall Ovens, Washers & Dryers, Water Quality, Water Saving Devices, WaterSense
Companies: Whirlpool Corporation