Home Automation Now Allows Consumers to Talk to Their Washers

Jake Newberger works as an automation validation engineer for Panacea Technologies. An expert in installing automation equipment for the home, Jacob Newberger uses his engineering skills toward such interests as robotics and automation devices.

One of the newest kinds of home automation technologies is available from the electronics and appliance company LG. Using an app called HomeChat, users of smartphone devices can communicate with their refrigerator, washing machine, or similar home-based appliance.

For example, status reports can be obtained by simply texting a question. Therefore, users can ask their refrigerator if a certain food is in the appliance, and it will respond accordingly.

The HomeChat app, which only works with LG brand appliances, makes it easy to communicate with the brand’s robotic vacuum as well. Users of the app can determine when the appliance last vacuumed a room, or they can program the robot to follow a new cleaning routine.

Ever-changing broadband usage and updated electronics have caused automation installers to find new ways of linking technologies. Today, automation makes it convenient to monitor and control home lighting, heating and cooling systems, security alarms, and audio and video.

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