One of my favorite attractions in Walt Disney World is the 'Carousel of Progress,' a show initially created by Walt Disney himself to show how technology has changed families' lives over the last 100 or so years. The final 'future' scene (it's a bit outdated now) depicts a father using a voice-controlled oven, but as he repeats the increasing scores from a nearby video game, the oven continuously raises the temperature until it catches a turkey on fire. At long last, this is finally a reality, as Amazon has revealed an Alexa-controlled smart oven. Read More
I personally would never want an oven that is connected to the internet, but if you happen to have a smart oven from Electrolux, here's some good news for you. The company announced today that its smart ovens will soon have Google Assistant support, allowing you to change temperatures or turn the oven on/off with voice commands. Read More
The Google Assistant (and thus Home) can control several kinds of devices natively: lights, switches, and thermostats were some of the first ones supported, but we later saw fridges, washers, dryers, and more. Now, seven new device types are being added to the native controls in Assistant, thus expanding its potential more and more. Read More
Back in 2011, Eric Schmidt (among others) predicted that Android would soon power home devices, including refrigerators and other appliances. Samsung fulfilled the refrigerator vision with the RF4289. We've questioned the wisdom of Android-powered appliances in the past, but today's pre-CES announcement from Dacor is definitely worth talking about. The California-based company, known for manufacturing quality home appliances, has just announced an Android-powered in-wall oven.
That's right – a (thirty inch) smart oven is on the way, and it's powered by a seven-inch device (called the Discovery IQ controller) with Android … ahem … baked in. And guess what – it runs the Play Store. Read More