At IFA 2017, Sharp Appliances Connect with Europe
Sharp Home Appliances, which in European markets is licensed to Vestel, showed at the Berlin-held IFA 2017 this week a series of Wi-Fi-enabled, connected appliances including an oven, a refrigerator/freezer, a dishwasher and a washing machine. The products are designed to transmit notifications to a smartphone via an app and will also notify Sharp’s customer service team in the event of product failure.
Alberico Lissoni, European sales and marketing director, said the goal of the introduction was to “realize the true sales potential of smart home appliances” by “bringing mainstream appeal to an otherwise niche and luxury market.”
The Love2Cook connected oven can, via a Boost function, cut preheating time up to 50 percent. It comes with 150 international recipes, which can be followed on the Sharp Home Appliances app. Its VapClean function uses steam from a half-filled reservoir in the product to break down encrusted grime.
The Sharp Smart Double-French Door refrigerator/freezer offers a sophisticated food-management system whereby cooling conditions can be changed depending on the requirements of the groceries purchased. When the refrigerator will not be in frequent use, during family vacations, for example, a Holiday Mode lets the user switch off the appliance even leaving the home.
The Sharp Smart Dishwasher features a fast 18-minute cycle – what the company claims is the quickest wash ever for four place settings. A NightWash function can run the appliance in quite mode during off hours; the machine’s door will automatically open after each cycle to let steam escape and to speed dish drying.
Sharp’s Smart 8Kg Washing Machine includes a quick 12-minute cycle for small clothing amounts. An EcoLogic function will automatically calibrate and set the most efficient washing conditions even without user input, and depending on washload. If the drum is half full, the machine will automatically reduce water and energy use and program duration.