A New Trend in Appliances – The “Empowered” Appliance

Friday, January 9th, 2015

At the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, hooking up house hold equipment and appliances to the internet is the latest trend we can expect to see as consumers.

Wi-fi equipped washer and dryers that download custom cycles, alert you to unbalanced loads and other problems, and that you can turn on and off remotely via an app are just an example of what is taking place with appliance innovation.  These features are being touted by Whirlpool and their new appliances were on display at CES so they are coming soon. Bosch has developed an app to control and monitor devices like your water heater, thermostats, and refrigerators.

This trend of connecting devices to one another and the internet is known as, the Internet of Things. And this is spurring innovation in all segments of the electronics industry. In fact, the CEO of Samsung, who was the keynote speaker at CES, indicated that by 2017 90% of their products will be linked to the Internet of Things (IoT).

Bottom line, we should expect to not only see “empowered” appliances but also empowered lighting, climate control, televisions, security, etc.

Source: Realtor Magazine

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