If a Pandora-playing refrigerator was the talk of last year's CES, could a washing machine be next?
LG Electronics showcased its new line of smart home appliances at CES Wednesday, which includes refrigerators, ovens and washer/dryers. Each is wi-fi enabled, designed to sync to a homeowner's LG phone with custom updates and features via LG's Smart ThinQ technology. The smart washing machines, for example, can be monitored remotely via wi-fi connectivity. Although no music partners were featured during LG's presentation by speaker Brian Robert Taylor, it's not hard to imagine where a Pandora, Spotify or IHeartRadio app might fit in some day.
LG showcases its new line of smart home appliances at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Among the innovations, Taylor demonstrated how the smart refrigerator can check for food's expiration dates and send reminders as the day approaches. A feature called Health Manager can also customize recipes and foods to household members' individual weight and health condition. And the smart oven can operate remotely for long food preparations. "You can start your day in San Francisco, and if you have a turkey in the oven in L.A. you can have dinner ready when you get home," Taylor said.