Controlling your entire house via smart home-technology is an appealing prospect, but that can't happen without user-friendly software. A company called Arrayent embraces a novel cloud-based interface that runs everything from smart smoke detectors to smart refrigerators.
Arrayent will debut its Cloud Connect Platform, which controls a variety of so-called smart devices, at CES 2014 in Las Vegas next week. The company does not manufacture any of these products directly, but rather provides the software and cloud services for them. Among the smart products debuting this year are a garage door opener, a smoke detector and a variety of kitchen appliances.
The Chamberlain LiftMaster uses the MyQ Garage mobile app, which is powered by Arrayent software, to let owners control their garage doors from anywhere in the world. This could be handy if your spouse or child has just locked him or herself out while you're away.
The First Alert SmartBridge Smoke Detector is, likewise, a simple concept that uses Arrayent software technology: Check your smoke detectors from anywhere, using your mobile device. Getting alerts about smoke or carbon monoxide when you're not around could be useful, especially if you have family members at home.
Whirlpool products using Arrayent's interface technology include a washing machine, a dryer, a dishwasher and a refrigerator. Users can remotely start, stop and monitor the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher, as well as set them to run at automatic intervals.
The refrigerator has a little more robust functionality. The device lets users specify temperature for both the refrigerator and freezer via a mobile device. In addition, the fridge can warn users if its door is left open or if its water filter needs to be replaced. With some user input, the refrigerator can also keep track of the items it contains and remind users to purchase more when supplies run low.
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