Opening the Residential Gateway
Today's new breed of high-tech appliances connects the home
By Collin Keefe
With the help and guidance of the Electrolux Group's Rex brand, right now in Italy, 50 families are blazing a trail that one day will serve as the digital residential gateway. Electrolux—which has been pushing the high-tech envelope with such innovations as the Trilobite, a robotic, self-propelled vacuum, and the Washy Talky, an interactive clothes washer capable of literally talking users through its settings—first began gaining traction in this area with its Cyber Fridge, a commercial refrigerator with the ability to scan and read RF tags.