Large household appliances can also use the Internet and artificial intelligence to simplify our daily lives. This is the tenet of Haier Group, which has developed many original new products to say the least.
Is it really necessary to connect all the devices that surround us on a daily basis? Home appliances are often considered tools for knowledgeable professionals, and they go beyond this cycle with useful functions for all. The advantage of connecting a light, a robotic vacuum cleaner, a cooler or even an irrigation system to the Internet to control it from a smartphone is quite straightforward. This aspect can be very practical on a daily basis to manage all these devices whether you are at home or not.
However, the situation is different for other appliances, especially those that belong to the category of household appliances such as a refrigerator, washing machine, dishwasher or oven. What can be so useful for these items with internet connection and control through a smartphone app? Because, unlike a robotic vacuum cleaner or a connected cooler that can operate independently, whatever happens, these large appliances require human intervention. You have to keep filling your washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, or making preparations in the oven …
The manufacturers response is simple: make it easier to use, lower your electricity bill and connect everything to third-party services to enjoy it better. In any case, this is what the manufacturer Haier wanted to show during the design week that takes place in Milan (Italy) from 6 to 12 June. Like other major manufacturers in the sector such as Bosch, Whirlpool, Samsung, LG or Electrolux, Haier (which also owns the Candy, Hoover and Rosières brands) does not hesitate to add a connected touch to all of its ranges. Thus the oven, dishwasher, washing machine and refrigerator are sometimes equipped with unexpected functions.
Cleaner upon subscription
To use the washing machine, all you have to do is put the laundry in the drum, the detergent in the drawer and choose your washing programme. Basic. Haier is trying out innovation with the WashPass model. The device (still in the testing phase and which should be available next year) has a compartment in which four liquids are lined up, which usually form conventional detergents in the form of tablets, powder, liquids, etc. According to the manufacturer, each ingredient is injected at a specific time during washing to increase efficiency. And in order not to run out of detergent, Haier applies the Instant Ink system that HP prepared for its printers to the washing machine. The user takes a subscription to receive the necessary consumables (including various detergent liquids) at home. And before the fuel runs out, the machine, connected to the Internet via WiFi, places an order to replenish the stock. ” The parallel with HP Instant Ink service is clear Confirms Vincent Reuter, President of Haier France, and CSO Haier Europe. However, it is a little different because in this case the use of this principle improves the quality of the wash as the toner cartridge remains … toner cartridge Of course, the use of ordinary detergents is still possible.
Another fun innovation for those who don’t want to worry about their washing machine, the Candy Rapido model. All you have to do here is drop the pile of laundry in front of the washing machine and take a picture of it on your smartphone using the hOn app, the real appliance management center of Haier Group. AI evaluates weight and colors – be careful, it can’t differentiate between fabrics! – It sets the correct washing program automatically.
This same scheme is also used with a WashLens dishwasher. We take a picture of the contents of the dishwasher and the app indicates how to optimize the placement of the various items and suggests washing parameters according to the degree of dirt and the amount of dishes to be washed.
The fridge that defines your place
When you come back from the supermarket, you store all your purchases in the refrigerator. Suddenly the temperature inside rises and it takes a little time to return to the normal level. To avoid this phenomenon, Cube 90 Series 9 knows where you are when you go shopping. When you’re on your way home, it will automatically boost cooling so that the temperature is perfect once you’ve unpacked your groceries. It also has cameras built into the door that visualize the interior. Practical function to check, from the supermarket on the mobile phone screen, from the contents of the refrigerator. The large touch screen on the front also allows you to get an overview of the content. It also gives access to recipes and YouTube for example.
An oven that not only foolishly cooks what you put inside, but watches the cooking for you and adapts quickly. That’s what Haier has to offer with the Chef @ Home Series 6. Here, a large 28-inch touchscreen is on the door. It allows you to control everything that happens in the oven. The machine embeds a camera powered by artificial aid. This is able to detect what type of food is in the cavity and adapt the cooking cycle accordingly. It also relies on information sent by a wireless probe (supplied) to determine the core temperature of the food. The camera also allows you to monitor what’s going on in the oven from your smartphone, avoiding having to stay close to you or open the door (and lose heat). You obviously get a notification on the mobile when everything is ready. Dozens of recipes have already been planned to accompany this oven, all based on items that artificial intelligence can identify.
So that the communicative aspect of its devices is not limited to its use, Haier has also forged partnerships with several companies. Thus, online services can be added to its hOn app, such as Jow, for example, which allows you to shop on your behalf by ordering products that are among the recipes that the oven runs according to your habits, or Vivino to provide you with recipes connected to the vault. Its temperature automatically adjusts to the references of the bottles you put there.
Finally, assistance also remains a huge advantage for connected home devices. ” Since the device is connected to the Internet, a technician can detect the source of the error from a distance and help you troubleshoot if it’s a job reset, for example. Vincent Rotter says: We save time and travel “The fact remains that all of this built-in technology comes at a significant cost. You count 850 euros for a WashLens Series 6 dishwasher, 3,500 euros for a Cube 90 Series 9 refrigerator, and 2,000 euros for a Chef @ Home Series 6 oven.
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