Companies presenting this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are falling all over themselves to show us how to live the dream of the Internet of Things.
The brainy fridge has French doors and an LCD panel that gives you access to online shopping, a grocery list, calendars, and photos. You can scan your groceries into the system to track them as they get old and moldy.
All of this fun stuff hooks up with your smartphone so you can get menu suggestions, check expiration dates, and see if you’re running low on Cheez Whiz.
The frig may be the largest of the bunch, but the smart-appliances line also includes a washing machine that self-diagnoses problems, a vacuum cleaner with remote monitoring, and a Smart Oven that allows monitoring of cooking through mobile devices.
If you were doing the holidays right (meaning you were watching TV and enjoying good movies and maybe some football), you probably saw this ad from AT&T, hawking their new Digital Life Security system.
Want to start smaller? How about a light bulb that can be controlled via your iPhone? If you’re tired of that smoke alarm going off from cooking smoke, this one connects to your phone and can be programmed to talk to you before sounding the alarm, and can be waved into silence when necessary. There’s even an egg tray that can send an alert to your phone when it’s time to buy fresh eggs.
Like we said, baby steps. Probably because there are still quite a few hurdles left before this thing can go widespread.