The idea of connecting all our household appliances to the internet comes from the concept of the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is simply a way of describing a huge range of devices that can be connected to the internet, from coffee machines to smart watches and home lighting. With broadband connections becoming more accessible and the lowered cost of technology, manufacturers are increasingly coming up with innovative products that connect to the internet. It’s predicted that by 2020, a colossal 25 Billion devices with an internet connection will be in use in our households!
There’s some amazing technology already out on the market making its way into people’s homes. Nest is a connected device company and has already established its connected thermostat into homes all over the world. Since being bought by Google (who else?!), they’ve branched out into smoke alarms and home cameras, all controlled by a smartphone.
One company who’s taken it a step further is the appliance giant, Hoover. They’ve just launched a full set of kitchen appliances called Hoover Wizard that includes an oven, hob, extractor fan, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher! Why, you ask? To create a kitchen that fits into our busy and hectic lifestyles, allowing users to control their appliances anywhere in the world through their dedicated app, providing you have a Wi-Fi connection or a decent data plan. So that means, in theory, you could control the temperature of your fridge, putting it into Eco Mode remotely to help save you money whilst sunbathing on a beautiful sandy beach on the other side of the world!
The app does far more than control the appliance too. It will give you real time alerts, letting you know when your oven could do with a clean, if you’ve accidentally left the fridge door open or even if your dishwasher salt needs replacing. You can even create and save recipes for your favourite dishes and the app will remember the temperature and setting you need. Clever stuff!
I’m pretty sure you’re wondering why anyone would need a Wi-Fi connected appliance in their home right now, but there are many benefits to these that’ll make life a little bit easier.
One of the biggest benefits to a connected home is the added convenience it will bring. We all have busy lives, from juggling work to looking after the kids and trying to maintain a social life. Just imagine coming home to a freshly made Lasagne, the dishes washed and the laundry cycle complete; home life would be a chore no more! You could thank your connected appliances and smartphone app for that.
Did you know 7 out of 10 people now use a smartphone in the UK? It’s proof that we’re becoming more reliant on technology to help us run our busy lives, so it’s the perfect time for companies to develop connected appliances that can be controlled through our mobile devices. Take the Hoover Wizard app for example: not only could it turn on certain devices, you could also save your favourite settings and will even give your appliance a health check. And, you can use the app anywhere in the world, providing you have an internet connection. The benefits of apps like this are endless, giving users complete control of their appliances and the flexibility to use it wherever.
One big benefit to this technology is the ability to future-proof your home. Hoover state that by 2020, all of their household appliances will be able to connect to the internet. It’s not just Hoover that are jumping on the connected home band wagon, Samsung and LG are developing products for tech savvy homeowners, as are Google and Amazon. With connected home development showing no signs of stopping, maybe it’s time to connect your kitchen and join the revolution?