From tablet embedded washers and dryers to interactive cooktops, this year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas featured a wide range of tech savvy appliances. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
If LG has its way you will soon be controlling and communicating with your refrigerator, oven, washer and dryer in one of the the same ways you communicate with your friends and family, via text message.
"Really what's more intuitive and simpler than texting to your appliances. So this new HomeChat app allows you to do that," says Randy Overton of LG Electronics. "I can actually start my washer by saying 'Okay, start laundry' and it starts up remotely. When we do actually introduce this we're going to have plenty of key words it'll recognize but it's going to be in our normal vernacular or slang that we use everyday."
Dacor decided the best way to bring its Discovery oven and range into the 21st century, just stick little Android tablets right into the front to help you control them and allow them to help control you from botching dinner.
"This lets you pull up real, live time YouTube video Martha Stewart or Rachael Ray talking to you about, 'Hi, here are the five things you need to do when cooking lamb.' You wanna have your favorite recipes in there, we all have our greasy pieces of paper with grandma's matzoh ball soup recipe, well you could have that electronically loaded," says Chuck Huebner of Dacor.
And what would you get if you took a stove and somehow merged it with a giant, touchscreen computer? You would get Whirlpool's concept Interactive Cooktop.
"It'll only heat where the pan is touching the surface and nothing else that's the beauty of using induction technology. You're able to call up a recipe right on the cooking surface, it'll interact with everything you have in your fridge or pantry, and check off ingredients that you have so that you know you're ready to make the dish," says Monica Teague Clark of Whirlpool.
The surface also allows you to check your social networks, your Evite lists, even take phone calls, again, with a single non-skin-searing touch.