BENTON HARBOR, MI – With a rollout expected shortly, connected appliances from Whirlpool Corporation will allow consumers to remotely communicate with ovens, washers and dryers via Apple Watch. The collaboration marks the first time an appliance maker has connected its products with Apple Watch and its capabilities, according to the company.
“Bringing intuitive technology and functionality to the appliance category that helps take the friction out of household chores is chief among our goals as we innovate for the smart home,” said Brett Dibkey, Whirlpool Corporation v.p., brand and strategy in North America. “Our consumers are sophisticated and expect their appliances to work smarter, not harder. Through the new collaboration with Apple, we’re increasing a consumer’s capability to interact with their appliances in new and more convenient ways.”
Compatibility with Apple Watch will begin with a roll out to more than 20 Whirlpool brand connected appliances in 2018.
Consumers will be able to remotely communicate with their appliances through the Whirlpool app on Apple Watch in a variety of ways:
Oven: Consumers will be able to see the current oven status and control commands during an active cycle.
Washer: Alongside status updates, users can control the wash options of an active cycle. Whether it be a normal wash, delicates, or brights, consumers can adjust an active cycle on the fly via their Apple Watch.
Dryer: Consumers can control and detect if a cycle has started, understanding how much time remains before the cycle is complete.