CES 2011: Control4 Gets Wolf, Sub-Zero

The high-end kitchen items from Sub-Zero and Wolf (two brands, one company), are smartening up. Control4, which makes operating system for the smart home, announced a partnership with the brands, allowing Sub-Zero refrigerators, Wolf ovens and Sub-Zero wine storage units to be integrated into Control4 networks, allowing for a range of programming and automation.

Control4 was at the Consumer Electronics Show to show examples of the Sub-Zero and Wolf integrations. As outlined by the company, they’re pretty much what you might expect: programming the refrigerator ice-maker to beef up production before a big party; getting notification when the oven preheat is completed; receiving alerts when the timer is about to buzz – that sort of thing. Control4 also said that “for the first time, homeowners can send energy deferral requests or general service requests through their Control4 system directly to Sub-Zero and Wolf.”

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image via Sub-Zero/Wolf

The wine-storage unit possibilities were a bit more intriguing. Control4 said unit owners would be able to “monitor their unit’s door status and even receive mail or text message alerts when a door opens or closes.” The company said this would be handy since temperature and humidity are so important to wine storage, and a door left open could cause damage. There’s that, sure; but the monitor could also let a unit owner know if anyone is busting into her stash, rooting around for that priceless 1945 Chateau Petrus.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.