Smart kitchen from Sub-Zero and Control4


Sub-Zero is going to be a competitor of LG and Kenmore in the smart kitchen area. But unlike they Sub-Zero just adds ZigBee chip to its appliance and uses ready-made control system from Control4 which should speedup the development process a lot. Moreover the system can control whole house and not just a kitchen. With LG and Kenmore systems the integration with home control system is not done at all. So, either manufactures should partner with some smarthome system producers or consumers should pay for such possibility. That’s why Sub-Zero and Control4 solution looks more promising. In any case will see it in the second quarter when the first version of Sub-Zero and Control4 smart kitchen is expected.

[via Engadget]

Internet-fridge from Samsung

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Unlike LG or Kenmore Samsung didn’t show some complete solution for home appliances. Instead of that it demonstrated its online fridge. Equiped with Wi-Fi enabled 8″ LCD screen, it offers access to the Google Calendar, weather forecast, recipe’s database, Twitter or internet radio Pandora. Also you can leave some notes for your family members or view photos.

The Samsung’s Internet-fridges will be available later this year in Canada.

Kenmore demonstrated smart appliances

Kenmore demonstrated smart appliances

Kenmore showed at CES 2011 its home appliances joined to the wireless network. The idea is similar to LG’s Thinq technology. All appliances sport WiFi adapter and color touchscrens and allow to control them remotely via smartphones (they told about Android). Also there is an integrated energy meters and appliances use its data to decrease energy consumption. Kenmore’s system allows remote diagnostic for appliances and integration with social networks, i. e. Facebook. But unfortunately there no any information about currently used protocol or possibility to support Z-Wave, ZigBee or something else in the future. So, in my mind, LG Thinq looks better then Kenmore’s system.

LG Thinq automated appliances in action

LG Thinq automated appliances in action

I already wrote about new LG Thinq technology which joins all appliances in the house in the network. I was impress by that idea and waited CES 2011 to see its demonstration. And finally I saw it. It’s awesome! Let’s started from the oven. It has color touchscreen to choose desire mode. Moreover, you can find recipe and see detailed instruction how to prepare and cook a dish you’re interested in. LG Thinq offers another way to manage the oven using smartphone. You can see the cooking progress, manage temperature and be notified about finishing of cooking.

Fridge is also equiped with touchscreen. It knows what products are kept inside and in what place. Also it’s possible easily check the expiration date of each item in the fridge (very useful for single men I think). Like the oven, fridge also can be controlled via smartphone. You may change its temperature or see what items do you have and their expiration dates.

Washing machine and dryer take more energy then other devices. That’s why they offer economy mode which meets the cheapest energy rate according to Smart Meter data. Sure you can start device immediately if you harry up and don’t care about energy cost. But in the most cases you’ll able to save your money. The same as with oven and fridge you can control washing machine and dryer from your smartphone.

Finally I’d like to say about future of LG Thinq. First of all, LG is going to add more protocols to control their appliances. Together with existing WiFi consumers will have a choice between Z-Wave, ZigBee and probably something else. It’ll give simple way to integrate appliances into smarthome systems. Also we still waiting a robotic vacuum cleaner with camera. It should be something impressive as well.

LG Thinq will join appliances in home together

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LG announced its new solution to make home appliances smarter. It’s called Thinq. The idea is to join all appliances in the house using standard WiFi communication to give consumers a full remote control under them. Another good feature of Thinq is energy saving. All devices receive information about cost of energy from Smart Meter. So, for example, washing machine will start no immediately but in time when electricity is cheaper. Or oven will adjust its mode and power according to information from Smart Meter.

Except remote control of appliances LG Thinq offers security surveillance feature with its HOM-BOT robotic vacuum cleaner equiped with camera.

The LG Thinq looks very attractive. Many manufactures have networked appliances with some kind of intelligent. But only LG offers a completely solution for far.