Smart Household Appliances: When Technology Moves Into the Kitchen
Automated appliances are all fixed or portable devices in the kitchen, which you can put into action thanks to wifi or smartphone applications. What is their use, and how do you choose them?
Connected appliances: when technology moves into the kitchen
All kitchen appliances have undergone a significant evolution that will continue exponentially.
What is an automated device?
Refrigerators, ovens, coffee makers, vacuum cleaners and many other objects are concerned. The appliance is controlled remotely by a smartphone most often. The application allows you to start the coffee or a laundry machine before you arrive, just by sending a message from the cell phone.
The Internet of things (IoT) is revolutionizing everyday life. It allows the exchange of data in real time between devices connected through a wireless network.
Far from being a gadget, the Internet of things allows saving time while increasing comfort. You can also use it for heating or lighting. It also allows real savings. For example, the heating is turned on an hour before you arrive. It is turned off the rest of the time, which makes sense with new houses that are very well insulated.
Smart household appliances: a constantly evolving offer
Anyone who goes to a specialized department store or a home show only needs to wander through the various sections to see the breadth of the offer. Everyone will realize that the kitchen is the room where innovation takes the lion’s share.
Far from the pot or the manual potato masher, intelligent appliances are spreading at full speed. Variety of machines, increased performance, reduced consumption, everything is considered.
Applied to the kitchen, the Internet of Things could have a lasting influence on how we cook and eat.
Connected household appliances: for whom and for what?
The systems available are numerous and easy to use. Tens of thousands of recipes are available on the Internet, but connected objects do better. Thus, you can find a scale that, according to the chosen recipes, will calculate the quantities of food used and communicate with the fridge to count them from the stock.
The application can even suggest using substitutions if you lack a particular ingredient. The fridge will inform you as soon as a product replacement is needed.
Innovation at everyone’s fingertips
As intelligent appliances become more widespread, manufacturers continue to invest in research and development and try to standardize communication protocols so that devices from different brands can communicate easily.
As more and more of these devices are purchased, their cost price decreases, reinforcing their diffusion. The future household appliances are already here with intelligent fridges, connected washing machines, and home automation networked with these objects.
It is even possible to buy intelligent utensils. For example, an air fryer with a built-in temperature sensor can easily connect to a mobile application. Tell it what you’re cooking, and the app alerts you when you need to flip the food or when the heat is not suitable for the cooking method. You can also fully program the successive temperatures that must be applied without monitoring.
Complementary to home automation, the offer is constantly expanding, taking into account the changes in the taste and lifestyles of families.
Combining home automation and connected household appliances
A home automation installation can include a connected kitchen for the greatest pleasure of the occupants.
An automated house
Home automation has been around for a long time and is still developing. Automated watering, motorized garage doors with remote control, and electric shutters, all connected to a control console, are just some of the possibilities technology offers.
In the first instance, detecting water or gas leaks with automation of the responses was the priority subject. We can now consider connected security devices integrated into the home automation installation. You can also connect this global installation to the kitchen.
And intelligent appliances have their place…
Dishwashers and washing machines can, of course, be triggered remotely. Depending on the data you provide or that they analyze themselves (water hardness, weight of the laundry, frequency of use of the various programs), they adapt the water temperature and the length of the washing cycles. The central programming console or the smartphone communicates your wishes (start time, for example).
Knowing that you can do shopping more and more often on Internet, the refrigerator could soon order automatically from the local supermarket, which will deliver to your home.
A sensor considers the air’s composition and triggers the hood when you cook. Of course, depending on the time of day and the time spent in the kitchen, another sensor identifies that you are in the kitchen, turns on the lights and closes the shutters.
Each device can decide on the optimized operation that best suits your needs. Connected to the smart meter will only require the necessary power. The energy savings are there…
The alliance between home automation and intelligent household appliances will therefore change our habits in depth. This is not science fiction. The devices are already available on the market.
Price of the smart appliance
Count from $400 for a connected washing machine, $700 for a connected hood, and $70 for a connected kitchen scale.