The evolution of the Internet has essentially taken mankind beyond the realm of imagination. I mean who would have ever perceived a world that used wireless broadband communication technology to stream video images 100 years ago. 2012 is no different as the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas certainly gave us a lot of further exciting and innovative gadgetry and automated appliances to look forward to.
At the CES 2012, onlookers were cheering the unveiling of the Samsung’s Smart Washing Machine – designed for busy people who are always on the go. Samsung’s hi-capacity WF457 front load washer is Wi-Fi enabled which allows you to access your laundry washer remotely. It gives you complete access and control of your washing cycles and at the same time can reduce your wash time to up to 25% because of the SpeedSpray feature. The Samsung WF457 is estimated to use only 96kW/h of electricity and reduce water consumption by 70% which is good news for everyone.
Other amazing appliances that made waves at CES 2012 were LG’s Internet fridge and smart oven. Loaded with the right software these appliances can actually communicate tasks to each other. Talk about taking automation and convenience on a whole new level! LG’s classy French Door Refrigerator is equipped with touch screen LCD panel which can take advantage of a smartphone app for easy food monitoring in terms of expiry dates, fridge capacity levels or storage information. And just when you thought you’d seen the best already, LG revealed somethine else they had up their sleeve. After loading all food stuff inside the fridge, the unit would then analyze everything inside and make recipe suggestions. Wow! A fridge that can almost cook for you? The fridge can then pass this information on to the Smart Oven with cooking instructions. Its conveniently large with 6.2 cubic foot capacity and freestanding so it can accommodate for your everyday cooking and baking needs.
Cool features included in these appliances consist of smart access, smart adapt and smart diagnosis. Smart access simply means you can check the status of that appliance via a smartphone app while smart adapt allows homemakers to send actual or desired cooking times to the oven, and of course, via their smartphone. Finally, smart diagnosis makes detecting problems easier and simpler. A great example of smart diagnosis is LG’s Smart Washing Machine. Like the WF457, LG’s smart washer is also Wi-Fi ready and can be accessed by smartphones and smart TVs. Users can actually monitor their washing time thereby eliminating tiring trips to the laundry area just to check whether it’s done or not. If you compare these great features to your those on your traditional washing machine, they’re almost like a quantum leap apart.
Smart this and smart that – are they really all that smart or perhaps just convenient and practical? Well one thing is for sure, the automation and convenience that these smart appliances are now offering definitely does make for more efficiency. And if these smart appliances are just the tip of the iceberg, I’d certainly like to know what’s just around the corner, or more to the point, on show at the next year’s CES in 2013 because its surely going to be a blast.