Looking at the smart appliances presented at the 2013
Consumer Electronic Show (CES) it would seem like we're
"there" or pretty close. From apps to appliances to
hubs to run your home the Jetson age is rapidly approaching. Just to give
you an idea:
Dacor: Discovery Wall Oven
Dacor introduced the world's first wall oven featuring the integrated Discovery IQ™ Controller for Android™
and wi-fi connectivity. Translation - we're getting closer to
meals that can prepare and cook themselves. Home chefs can
prepare a wide range of dishes to perfection with the touch of a
finger. Select the desired recipe from the display menu,
insert the dish, start the program and relax as the oven
takes care of the rest. Additionally, when the desired cook time
has been reached, the oven will place the dish on warming mode,
keeping food warm until ready to serve. Now if it can shop and
do the prep work we've got a deal! Oh - you can, if you want to,
surf the web with it. Watch
the Dacor demo.
Whirlpool's 6th Sense Live
Control your kitchen from anywhere with this app.
Using your smartphone change the temperature in your
refrigerator, track your dishwasher's progress and know when
your wash is finished.
LG Smart Control
And LG introduced its line of upgraded smart technology for 2013
that gives users the ability to "control their appliances no matter where they are," said Seong-jin Jo, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Appliance Company. "They can start a load of laundry while driving home from work, tell their robotic cleaner to vacuum the floor before company arrives or view the refrigerator's inventory of food items. LG's
enhanced device-to-device connectivity offers incredible
convenience, as the user can control and monitor household
appliances through their TV while still watching their favorite
show. It's a smart home for those who want the ultimate smart
Hands-free, has 2 sensors and can be activated even when the
handle is in the off position.
Lowe’s showcased more than 15 new Iris devices and services to make homes safer and more efficient, while providing unique convenience features for homeowners.
Originally launched in July 2012, Iris enables homeowners to
monitor and control their home from anywhere via smart phone,
tablet or computer with a free basic level of service.
Automotive giant Ford announced the MyEnergi Lifestyle® collaboration a new cross-industry initiative involving six companies
(including Whirlpool, Eaton, Sunpower) to create more energy-efficient homes in the future by integrating electric cars, connected home appliance technology, and solar panels to help homeowners lower their electricity bills.
did you know...
The Census Bureau data shows that the percentage of households headed by adults aged 75 and older has grown from 6% in 1960 to 10% this year. And in the past 12 years, the share of households headed by 30-44 year-olds has fallen from a peak of 34% in 1990 to just 26% this year.
Changes are attributed to the aging of the Baby Boomers, who control 70% of US disposable income. In fact, the percentage of households headed by adults aged 45-64 represents a plurality among age demographics, at 39%.