Connected home appliances: amazing ideas from Haier

Connected home appliances: amazing ideas from Haier

Large appliances can also use the Internet and artificial intelligence to simplify our daily lives. This is the creed of the Haier group, which has developed several new products that are original to say the least.

Is it really necessary to connect all the devices that surround us on a daily basis? Often thought of as gadgets for in-the-know geeks, today’s home appliances surpass this milestone with useful features for everyone. The advantage of connecting a light, a robot vacuum cleaner, a radiator or even an irrigation system to the Internet to control it from a smartphone is quite obvious. This aspect can be very practical on a day-to-day basis to manage all these devices whether or not you are present at home.

However, it is different for other home appliances, especially those in the appliance category like refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, and even ovens. What can be that little useful extra that Internet connection and control through a smartphone application brings to these elements? Because, unlike a robot vacuum cleaner or a connected radiator that can work autonomously, these large devices require, no matter what, human intervention. You have to keep filling the washing machine, the dishwasher, the fridge or putting preparations in the oven…

Manufacturers’ response is simple: make them easier to use, lower your electricity bill, and connect everything to third-party services for better enjoyment. In any case, this is what the manufacturer Haier wanted to demonstrate during the Design Week held in Milan (Italy) from June 6 to 12. Like the other major manufacturers in the sector such as Bosch, Whirlpool, Samsung, LG or Electrolux, Haier (also owner of the Candy, Hoover and Rosières brands) does not hesitate to add a connected touch to all its ranges. The oven, the dishwasher, the washing machine and the refrigerator are thus equipped with sometimes unexpected functions.

Subscription detergent

To use a washing machine, all you have to do is put the clothes in the drum, the detergent in the tray and choose your washing program. Essential. Haier is testing an innovation with the WashPass model. The machine (still in the testing phase and should be available next year) has a compartment where four liquids are lined up, which are usually traditional detergents in the form of tablets, powder, liquid, etc. According to the manufacturer, each element is injected at a specific time during the wash for greater efficiency. And, in order not to run out of detergent, Haier applies the Instant Ink system that HP has installed for its printers to the washing machine. The user contracts a subscription to receive the necessary consumables at home (including the different detergent liquids). And, before running out of fuel, the machine, connected to the Internet via WiFi, places an order to renew the stock. ” The parallel with HP’s Instant Ink service is obvious highlights Vincent Rotger, President of Haier France and CSO of Haier Europe. However, it is a bit different in that in this case, using this principle improves the quality of the wash where an ink cartridge… is still an ink cartridge. “. Of course, the use of standard detergent is still possible.

Another fun innovation for those who don’t want to worry about their washing machine, the Candy Rapido model. Here, all you have to do is leave your pile of laundry in front of the washing machine and take a picture of it on your smartphone using the hOn app, the real home appliance management center of the Haier group. Artificial intelligence evaluates weight and colors: beware, it cannot differentiate between fabrics! – and automatically sets the correct washing program.

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This same scheme is also used with the WashLens dishwasher. We take a photograph of the contents of the dishwasher and the app tells us how to optimize the placement of the different elements and suggests the washing parameters according to the degree of dirt and the amount of crockery to be washed.

The fridge that locates you

When you come back from the supermarket, you put all your purchases in the refrigerator. Suddenly, the interior temperature rises and requires a little time to return to a normal level. To avoid this phenomenon, the Cube 90 Series 9 knows where you are when you go shopping. When you’re on the way home, it will automatically increase the cooling so that the temperature is optimal once the food has been stored. It also has cameras built into the door that film the interior. A practical function to consult, from the supermarket on the mobile screen, the contents of the fridge. The large touch screen on the front also allows you to preview content. It also gives access to recipes and YouTube for example.

the cook’s oven

An oven that doesn’t just foolishly cook what you put inside, but controls cooking for you and adapts on the fly. This is what Haier offers with the Chef@Home Series 6. Here, a large 28-inch touch screen is at the door. It allows you to control everything that happens in the oven. The machine incorporates a camera supported by artificial assistance. This is able to detect the type of food present in the cavity and adapt the cooking cycle accordingly. It also relies on information transmitted by a wireless probe (supplied) to define the core temperature of food. The camera also allows you to monitor what is happening in the oven from your smartphone, which avoids having to be near or open the door (and lose heat). Obviously, you receive a notification on your mobile when everything is ready. A few dozen recipes are already planned to accompany this oven, all of them based on elements that the AI ​​is capable of recognizing.

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Additional services

So that the connected side of its devices is not limited to its use, Haier has also established partnerships with various companies. Thus, you can add online services to your hOn application, such as Jow, which allows you to do your shopping for yourself by ordering products that are among the recipes that the oven manages according to your habits, or Vivino to supply the connected ones. cellar whose temperature automatically adapts to the references of the bottles you place there.

Finally, assistance also continues to be a great advantage of connected appliances. ” Since the device is online, a technician can remotely find out where a fault is coming from and help fix it if it’s a function reset, for example. Vincent Roger says. We save time and save a trip “The fact is, all this integrated technology comes at a significant cost. Count €850 for the Series 6 WashLens dishwasher, €3,500 for the Series 9 Cube 90 refrigerator and €2,000 for the Series 6 Chef@Home oven.

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