The Innovation Age of Appliances
For all of the incredible innovation happening in the consumer technology world, the category that’s taken some of the biggest steps forward is, without a doubt, appliances. Smart home technology is cool. I’m a fan of wireless earbuds. And TVs today look about as true-to-life as ever. But the changes happening in the appliances space have been some of the most innovative, and perhaps some of the most important that consumers have and ever will see.
In the last three to five years we’ve seen tablets make their way onto our refrigerator doors. Cameras let us see what’s inside those same refrigerators while we’re out shopping, and some will even scan best-by dates and notify us when our milk is about to turn sour. Better yet, the fridge might even add milk to our existing shopping list or order it automatically.
Talking to your refrigerator may become commonplace in the next few years as more brands integrate Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant into their products—the kitchen is the “hub” of the home, so it only makes sense that arguably the most important appliance in that room should be utilized as a smart home.