Robotic Home Appliances Are Quietly Taking Over (In a Good Way)

A famous Silicon Valley VC once said, “software is eating the world“. Indeed!  It’s amazing to see how many computers and software applications are getting embedded into so many products and industries to automate and simplify tasks like never before. And most of this is being done under our noses, with little to no fanfare or media attention.

Software intelligence is increasingly impacting our economy at every level, from information processing to electronics and production.

The use of onboard software capable of scheduling and doing tasks without human involvement has been introduced to a wide range of home appliances in the past 5-10 years.  Some examples are automatic vacuum cleaners to robotic pool cleaners, automatic coffee makers, intelligent refrigerators and even bread makers.

Software Enters The Household

Onboard software refers to applications capable of taking and automating task instructions for a single device or appliance – such as when to initiate a given process or function.  Here are some common household appliances that have been incorporating onboard software, and read about the advantages we get from using them.

Robotic Pool Cleaners

aquabot pool rover jr

Before entering the home and working inside on cleaning things.  The backyard swimming pool is also part of the household responsibilities and this job is a time consuming one for homeowners.  Now homeowners don’t need to pay pool cleaning companies or leave their vacuum/filtration systems on all day. Robotic pool cleaners like the Dolphin Nautilus and the Aquabot Pool Rover are designed to effectively clean swimming pool floor, walls, and cloves.

The chief advantage of having onboard software to run these devices is that cleaning is fully automated, the routes are intelligently controlled so less time is required to clean, and cleaning can be scheduled to happen during specified periods of time to ensure your pool is always clean but not interrupting your fun.

Washers and Dryers

bosch wkd28350gb washer dryer combo

Unlike traditional washers and dryers that require people to keep an ear out for, modern washer-dryer combos are self-directed and fully automated. Intelligent washers have systems that can perform loading, washing, and be drying without being monitored.

They also have delay features that can be used to schedule tasks so that the tasks are completed just in time when you arrive home from work for example.  The advantage of these appliances is that tasks are performed in your absence without your oversight.

There are several intelligent dryers produced by different manufacturers. A good example is the Bosch automatic washer/dryer. It features washer foam detection, safeguards monitoring, aquatronic washing and begin-wash delay among other properties. The dryer claims to be more energy efficient than non-intelligent versions.

Smart Refrigerators

Also known as internet refrigerators, this smart refrigerator may use a barcode recognition system (or RFID scanners) that scan and keep records of items being stored in it. These smart fridges also keep 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.

Robotic Vacuum Cleaners (robot-vacs)

iRobot Roomba

iRobot Roomba vacuum cleaner is a good example.These are programmed in-home vacuum cleaners that use a combination of cleaning procedures (UV sterilization, mopping, etc.) plus features such as spinning brushes to clean your floors and carpeted surfaces automatically. They can be set to perform cleaning at given time intervals in the absence of anyone.

Roomba is a very popular brand with many reviews online for their different models. Robotics vacuums may also incorporate systems like security cameras and intercoms, to serve as a watchdog.

 

Outdoor Grills

There are several automated grills and smart concept grills on the market today. These new designs feature software that can access internet databases to identify correct recipes including cooking methods and timing.

The grills also have preprogrammed systems that eliminate guesswork and use fine recipes to produce the best meal. For example, the Lynx concept grill allows activation via voice instruction and has many other incredible capabilities.

The incorporation of smart applications and onboard software into ordinary home appliances has resulted in more convenience, higher energy efficiency and improved productivity/performance for a wide range of tasks – and we’re just getting started!

About John F.

I'm a career web developer/consultant by day and a tech blogger by night. I just moved to Colorado Springs, CO where I work for a high-tech government contractor.

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