Domestic appliance maker Whirlpool has announced that as from this year consumers will be able to control its internet-connected machines from their Apple Watch.
A total of 20 of Whirpool’s top-of-the-range ovens, washers and tumble-driers will now be accessible from a few taps on your wrist, anywhere in the world.
Users will not just be able to see information such as time remaining on a wash, but change the options, too.
It’s the first time any appliance manufacturer has designed its products to be controlled from the Apple Watch, and is the latest evidence of the growing importance of the Internet of Things (IoT).
‘Consumers expect appliances to work smarter’
“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 vice-president for 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.”