Do Your Appliances Talk to Each Other?

1-13-2014 11-02-04 AMThe other amazing thing I saw at the Whirlpool booth at CES last week was the concept of connected appliances. Gone are the days of just getting all of your appliances to match (although, you can get Whirlpool appliances to match your decor now too….)2014-01-08 10.09.23Not only will all of your appliances match… they will communicate with each other! The demo at CES showed a purchased pizza.The demonstrator was able to scan the barcode from the pizza and the oven immediately started to preheat for the pizza. I can totally see this as super helpful if I’m still at the grocery store. Since I work full time, I have to run to the store after work. Many times I won’t have time to make something for dinner when I get back from the store. I can scan in the barcode, and start to preheat the oven while I’m still at the store! ¬†Then when I get home, I can just pop the pizza into the already warm oven, and dinner will be done in no time. Please don’t tell my sister I serve my kids frozen pizza from time to time. ūüėČ Now that the pizza is in the oven the dishwasher says.. oh, I know pizza stains! I’m going to let you know which cycle the dishes should be run on after you eat that meal. Then, the washing machine says… oh! I know you have kids, and likely that pizza is going to end up on SOMEONE’s shirt (oh washing machine… you know my family so well), so the washing machine then starts getting the cycle ready for you that will surely get out those grease and tomato sauce stains. Lastly, the fridge says, I know you liked that frozen pizza, so let me just add that to your grocery list for next time too.Check out his demo in this video…

With appliances that can communicate to each other, your entire kitchen (and laundry room) can run efficiently, and in perfect harmony. I love that the fridge can keep track of what is inside and let me know which recipes will work with the food I have on hand. You mean I DON’T have to run downstairs to check the fridge for an ingredient while I’m doing my meal planning at my desk upstairs? Genius.

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Sarah Werle Kimmel

Sarah Werle Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 20 years of her career working as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on local NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX news affiliates, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website


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