Stories of home appliances which the user can switch on using their smartphone or tablet computer have been rife in recent months – but now comes a washing machine which its maker claims can truly make this new type of interface break new ground.
London-based technology company Berg has taken a different approach, 'reverse engineering' a conventional Zanussi washing machine, making it web-connectable, and then creating a new control interface, including a dedicated app, reports The Guardian's Stuart Dredge.
The result is known as Cloudwash, and Berg claims that, rather than simply duplicating the appliance's existing controls in an app, it has focused on how that app can intervene in the washing process to make it work more conveniently for the owner.
So, for example, a Cloudwash user can receive an alert when their washing machine is about to start its final rinse and spin. They can then send a message to delay that process so that it finishes just as they get home.
Other Cloudwash features include the facility for the user to be sent automatic reminders, or even to make online purchases of washing powder when it detects the user is running low.
The Guardian article gave no details of when the prototype machine is likely to find its way onto the market.