It is amazing to see how the internet, computers and software are entering every aspect of our lives, automating and simplifying daily tasks like never before.
For more than 100 years, technology has been marching steadily into home appliances at every level, from information processing to electronics and production.
However, recently the use of on-board intelligent software capable of analyzing, scheduling and triggering tasks autonomously has been taking off in home electronics and appliances. From automatic vacuum cleaners to robotic pool cleaners, coffee makers and bread makers, artificial intelligence (AI) is being applied to almost every household chore.
One of the greatest side-benefits of the AI appliance revolution is in energy efficiency.
Are you ready for the intelligent, energy-efficient home?
Here are examples of modern high-end home appliances that have recently been incorporating on-board AI software to produce energy efficiency advantages.
Washers and Dryers
Unlike traditional washers and dryers that need you to constantly keep your ear out for task-completed alarms, today’s washer-dryer combos are mostly self-guided.
Today’s cleaning machines have intelligent systems that can perform rinsing, washing and drying without being monitored. They also have delay features that can be used to schedule tasks so that cleaning is completed just in time.
The advantage of these appliances is that tasks are performed even in your absence without any problems.
Bosch WKD28350GB automatic washer/dryer
There are several intelligent dryers produced by manufacturers today. A good example is the Bosch WKD28350GB automatic washer/dryer, which features foam detection, safeguard monitoring, Aquatronic washing and begin-wash delay among other things. Such dryers are excellent at conserving energy because they let the clothes tell them when to finish – rather than a timer.
Samsung’s RH2777AT HomePAD
Also known as “internet refrigerators”, these units are designed with state of the art technology to replenish themselves with food products.
A smart fridge uses a barcode recognition system (or RFID scanner) that scans and keeps records of items being stored in it. The fridge also keeps track of restocking patterns and notifies users whenever there is an item that needs replenishing.
Some examples include Samsung’s RH2777AT HomePAD and Zipel e-Diary, LG’s Digital DIOS, GR-D267DTU and ThinQ LFX31995ST.
There are several automated grills and smart concept grills on the market today. These new designs feature software systems that access internet databases to identify correct recipes including cooking methods and timing.
Intelligent connected grills have preprogrammed systems that eliminate guesswork and use fine recipes to produce the best meal at the lowest possible energy use.
Lynx concept grill (animation courtesy gadgetify.com)
For instance, the Lynx concept grill allows activation via voice instruction and has many other incredible capabilities.
Robotic pool cleaners
Swimming pool owners no longer need to pay pool cleaning wages. Robotic pool cleaners like Dolphin Nautilus and Aquabot Pool Rover are designed to effectively clean swimming pool floor, walls and cloves.
Dolphin Nautilus robotic pool cleaner in action
The smart thing about the latest models is that cleaning is totally automated and can be scheduled to happen after specified periods of time to ensure your pool is ever clean. The newest systems literally read their environment and eliminate redundant cleaning paths, lowering the time it takes to clean your pool and saving a ton on energy.
Robotic vacuum cleaners
Like robotic pool cleaners, robotic home vacuums are programmed to utilize a combination of cleaning procedures and special cleaning features such as spinning brushes.
They can be set to perform cleaning at given time intervals in the absence of anyone. Robovacs sometimes also incorporate data from other systems such as security cameras and intercoms. The iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner is a good example.
The incorporation of smart applications and on-board software has resulted in convenience, higher energy efficiency and improved productivity/performance.
It is however important to purchase such appliances from reputable dealers because the added complexity comes with a support cost. Intelligent appliances are definitely here to stay, and promise to simplify our work and eliminate energy waste on every home task.