The 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas in January, is an annual event at which all of the big electronics companies display their latest offerings. It not only presents the new technology, it also gives great ideas for an eco-conscious home!
Exhibitors such as LG and Samsung turned out dazzling floor-to-ceiling displays and showed off their new appliances intended to make consumers’ lives easier: LG’s smart refrigerator allows you to scan your grocery receipt in order to adjust its temperature according to what you’ve bought, and also allows you to view a list of what’s in your fridge on your smart phone. Samsung’s fridge alerts you when you’re running out of a product and can even pre-order it for you.
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Other ‘smart’ home appliances exhibited at CES:
• A fridge that you can program with the nutritional needs of your family, so it can guide your food selections accordingly.
• A stove on which you can download a recipe from the Internet, so it can set the oven to the right temperature.
• A stove that you can program remotely via cell phone or computer, which also has built-in refrigeration to keep your food fresh until it’s ready to be cooked.
• Yet another stove with ‘fast-cooking’ technology that will cook food up to 15 times faster than conventional ovens (but preserve the food’s quality, unlike microwaves).
This stove also has a digital converter to calculate cooking time when you’re using conventional recipes.
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All of LG’s smart, WiFi-enabled appliances – such as a vacuum cleaner you can control with your smart phone or a washing machine you can program from your PC – can talk to each other. Imagine you’re on your way home from work and you can use your smart phone to look up recipes and check them against the contents of your fridge, then have a grocery list texted to you. It sounds like something from The Jetsons!
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Many of the new appliances also monitor your energy rates and will automatically activate when rates drop. New smart washing machines use this technology, saving you money on your electric bill, but also on your water bill by weighing your load to determine how much water to use.
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Although many of these products may seem over the top and stretch the boundaries of usefulness, others are quite useful and economical. But all of them signify the future: a world in which our appliances do more to save us money and free up our time.
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