While studies have indicated that most Americans are still in the dark about smart appliances and the energy savings they offer, manufacturers are moving ahead with appliances designed to communicate directly with the smart grid–LG Electronics among them.
This month, the Korea-based global electronics giant has launched the first two of its appliances in the works that will make use of “the very latest in smart grid technologies” – its Smart Refrigerator and Housework Saver Smart Washing Machine.
The fridge features an array of functions including late night saving, preferable time saving and the Smart Grid-ready programs, all of which are designed to save you energy and money. As an added bonus, your new LG Smart Refrigerator can talk to you, via your smartphone, letting you know what’s in the fridge, how long it’s been in there, and when it’s set to expire. Hal, anyone?
And get this: your fridge can even communicate this information to you via smartphone while you’re out shopping, or make recommendations for healthy meals, based on what’s in the fridge.
(Sound familiar? The Smart Grid-ready function of this fridge first debuted at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.)
If you forget to throw your wet clothes in the dryer, not to fear: if your household is home to the LG Housework Saver Smart Washer, you can access your machine via a smartphone and start the drying cycle remotely, “making laundry as easy as making a phone call.”
LG’s smart fridges are expected to roll out in the U.S. in the second half of this year, and other smart appliances will be introduced to markets worldwide over the course of the year.