Apple Watch can now talk to kitchen appliances

Whirlpool announces ovens, washers and dryers that can be controlled by Apple Watch app

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Apple Watch can now talk to kitchen appliances "Siri, did I leave the oven on?"
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 9, 2018

Apple Watch users will now be able to access whole new field of exciting smart capabilities, with the news that Whirlpool is making home appliances including cookers, washers and dryers compatible with Apple's wrist-mounted communicator.

At CES 2018, Whirlpool announced that it will be the first appliance maker to make kitchen appliances that can be controlled by Apple Watch.

"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, 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, including checking the status of ovens, washers and dryers, detecting a wash or dry cycle, and issuing commands to control current cycles.

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