Large household appliances can use the internet and artificial intelligence to make our daily lives easier. This is a credit to Haier Group, which has created a number of new products that are at least as original.
Is it really necessary to connect all the devices around us on a daily basis? Often considered a gadget for well-known geeks, household appliances today include useful functions for everyone outside of this course. The advantage of connecting a light, a robot vacuum cleaner, a radiator or even an irrigation system to the Internet to control it from a smartphone is quite obvious. This aspect can be very practical on a daily basis to manage all these devices no matter where you are at home.
However, the situation is different with other appliances, especially from the household appliances category such as refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers or ovens. What could be a little extra useful to bring these elements through the connection to the Internet and control via a smartphone app? Because, unlike a robot vacuum cleaner or an attached radiator that can operate autonomously, these large devices require whatever human intervention. You need to keep filling the preparation in the washing machine, dishwasher, fridge or oven …
Manufacturers’ response is simple: make them easy to use, reduce electricity bills, and integrate everything with third party services to enjoy better. Anyway, at Design Week in Milan (Italy) June 6-12, the manufacturer Haier wanted to showcase this. Like other major manufacturers in the sector such as Bosch, Hurlpool, Samsung, LG or Electrolux, Hire (which owns the Candy, Hoover and Rosier brands) does not hesitate to add a connected touch to all its ranges. Ovens, dishwashers, washing machines and refrigerators are thus equipped with sometimes unexpected functions.
Detergent on the extremities
To use a washing machine, all you have to do is put laundry in the drum, put detergent in the tray and choose your washing program. Basic. Haier is trying an innovation with the WashPass model. The machine (still in the testing phase and which will be available next year) has a bogie with four liquids lined up, which usually form the traditional detergent in the form of tablets, powders, liquids, etc. According to the manufacturer, each ingredient is injected at a specific time during washing for greater efficiency. And, in order not to run out of detergent, Haier uses the instant ink system set up by HP for its printer in the washing machine. The user takes a subscription to get the necessary consumables (including various detergent liquids) at home. And, before running out of fuel, the machine connected to the Internet via WiFi places an order for stock renewal. ” Clear in parallel with HP’s instant ink service Vincent Rotter, President Haier France and CSO Haier emphasize Europe. However, this is a little different because in this case, using this principle improves the washing quality where an ink cartridge … an ink cartridge remains. “Of course, the use of standard detergents is still possible.
Another fun invention for those who don’t want to worry about their washing machine is the Candy Rapido model. All you have to do here is throw a pile of your laundry in front of the washing machine and take a picture of it on your smartphone using the hOn app of Hire Group’s real Appliance Management Center. Artificial intelligence evaluates weight and color – be careful, it cannot distinguish between fabrics! – and automatically sets the correct washing program.
This same scheme is used with the WashLens dishwasher. We take a picture of the contents of the dishwasher and the app indicates how to optimize the position of the various components and indicates the washing parameters according to the amount of dirt and the amount of dishes.
The fridge that identifies you
When you return from the supermarket, you store all your groceries in the fridge. Suddenly, the inside temperature rises and it takes a while for it to return to normal. To avoid this, Cube 90 Series 9 knows where you are when you go shopping. When you are on your way home, it will automatically cool down so that the temperature will be optimal after the groceries are removed. It also has a camera inside the door that films the interior. A practical function to check the contents of the fridge from the supermarket on the mobile screen. The large touch screen on the front lets you overview the content. It gives access to recipes and YouTube for example.
An oven that not only cooks like a fool that you put inside, but also keeps an eye on the cooking for you and adapts to the fly. This is what Haier Chef @ offers with Home Series 6. Here, the door has a large 28-inch touchscreen. This allows you to control everything that happens in the oven. The machine embeds a camera supported by artificial support. It is able to detect the type of food present in the cavity and adjust the cooking cycle accordingly. It also relies on information transmitted by a wireless probe to define the core temperature of the food. The camera lets you keep an eye on what’s going on in the oven from your smartphone, which avoids being around or opening doors (and losing heat). Obviously, when everything is ready you will get a notification on mobile. Dozens of recipes have already been planned with this oven, based on all the ingredients that AI is capable of recognizing.
Haier has also partnered with a variety of companies to ensure that the connectivity of its devices is not limited to their use. Online services can thus be added to its hOn application, such as Jow, for example, which lets you shop for products by ordering products contained in oven-guided recipes according to your habit, or Vivino Cellar for connected delivery. Whose temperature automatically corresponds to the reference of the bottles you keep there.
Ultimately, support remains a big advantage of connected household appliances ” Since the device is online, a technician can remotely detect an error coming and help you fix the problem if it is a question of resetting a function, for example. Vincent Rotter says. We save time and we save a trip “The information remains that all of these embedded technologies come at a significant cost. ৷ 850 for the WashLens Series 6 dishwasher, € 3,500 for the Cube 90 Series 9 refrigerator, and € 2,000 for the Chef @ Home Series 6 oven.