Appliances

Why It’s Smart To Connect With Your Appliances
February 2, 2016 at 3:42 pm

While you’re away from home or busy around the house, your home appliances, if you’re living in a smart home, remain hard at work. It may seem like a concept for the future to many, but the connected home is here, allowing you to control your major electrical appliances and services so you can monitor…

How Marathon Laundry Will Change Appliances The Way Tesla Has Changed Cars
February 2, 2016 at 3:40 pm

If you don’t need a separate dishwasher from a dish dryer, why do you need one for laundry? This is the question that consumed Glenn Reid of Marathon Laundry—a former Apple employee who worked with Steve Jobs for six years. Five years and seven prototypes later, the tech visionary launched his startup’s first product—an internet-connected combination washer…

University study: Smart appliances pose security risk
February 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm

The Jyväskylä-based newspaper Keskisuomalainen reports that local university researchers have observed vulnerabilites in household items connected to wireless networks, making it possible to gain control of the device with measures such as denial of service attacks. The so-called 'internet of things' also enables spying on household data network activity and the installation of harmful malware,…

‘Smart’ Appliances, Ventilation Systems Are New Hacker Targets: Cyber Experts
February 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm

Hijacking “smart” toasters and refrigerators and hacking corporate ventilation systems are among the new threats envisioned by cyber security experts as an increasing array of items are connected to the internet. The Internet of Things, a movement that seeks to control everything from factory equipment to traffic lights and household appliances through the web, creates…

Smart appliances need to solve problems, not create them
January 26, 2016 at 3:13 pm

I’m stalled at the dairy case at the supermarket, and my head is spinning as the 6-o’clock rush of shoppers impatiently parts around me. Like me, they’re frantically trying to figure out what they need to string together a meal. Like me, they’re not really sure. Do I have sour cream or not? The mashed…

Touchscreen refrigerators and talking everything at CES 2016
January 12, 2016 at 3:43 pm

"Samsung swings for the fences with its new smart refrigerator," blares the headline to our story covering the most attention-getting connected home product to emerge from CES 2016. The Samsung Family Hub fridge has a giant touchscreen built into one of its doors, complete with an app you can use to order groceries online. A…

Whirlpool integrates Amazon’s Dash into its smart appliances
January 12, 2016 at 3:42 pm

For instance, the Whirlpool Smart Top Load Washer and Dryer integrates with the Nest Learning Thermostat to recognize when users are away from home and automatically switch to an “Eco Mode”, while they’re gone, helping to conserve energy, according to the company. That’s the idea behind Amazon’s Dash Replenishment Service. Whirlpool is linking up its…

Smart appliances at CES: Fancy fridges and robot butlers
January 12, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Every January, appliance companies head to Las Vegas to show off their most audacious attempts to make your house smarter and more high-tech. Some of these crazy home innovations, like Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator, are due out this year, while others, like Whirlpool’s interactive kitchen backsplash and in-sink dishwasher, are more concept than reality. While…