‘Smart Appliances’ Aimed At Busy Working Moms

By Paula Ebben, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – A busy working mom, Molly Gold, believes she does a good job staying organized and keeping on top of things.

But even she gets overwhelmed sometimes.

“My days start at 5:45 a.m. and they generally don’t end until 10 or 11 at night,” she explained.

According to editors at CNET, Molly is just the type of mom manufacturers are targeting now with a series of new ‘smart appliances’ designed to simplify everyday household tasks.

WBZ-TV’s Paula Ebben reports

“They’ll be able to save you both time and money,” explained CNET editor Molly Wood.

Some of those appliances include a wi-fi enabled refrigerator by Samsung.

It has an 8-inch LCD touch screen and is loaded with apps.

“It can actually give your calendar, your weather report, the latest news. It can play music, and you can even leave little notes,” she said.

Cooking appliances will also be more helpful in the near future.

One is designed to send you a text when your food is done.

“Also in the future, wi-fi connected ovens could integrate with recipe databases, so you could get cooking information for specific things,” Wood said.

Whirlpool’s Vantage washer comes equipped with a USB port.

“That actually lets you connect a USB stick to it if you want to add program information. So, for example, you could program the washer-dryer to deal with certain kinds of stains, or certain kids of fabrics,” Wood said.

If saving energy is your goal, GE has just come out with a device called Nucleus.

It plugs into the wall and then communicates with a special “smart meter” which tracks your energy consumption.

“You’ll have a little application that runs on either your computer or your smart phone, and it really helps you do a little bit of an audit in terms of what you use,” Wood said.

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  • BJD

    I’m only 27 years old and this is WAY too high tech for me. Why do I need a text to let me know when my meal is ready? Or a USB port for my washing machine? Or a stove that has wifi? I don’t get it.

  • PB87

    People are getting insanely lazy nowadays.

  • IC

    What about working dads?? Amazing how dads are perceived to be lazy and do nothing around the house.

  • emom

    I saw this about 3 years ago, they still have not created them ,,, is it even practical to use such technology,,, will it create more family time, or just make the family unit more distanced from each other,,, to use a cell phone to start dinner , record a program, to alert you that things are needed, we already see the commercial for turning on lights by cell phone, what next robots walking the dog, picking up laundry, shopping,, creating a race of people that no longer want to socially interact with the public, Its just a thought,, Its giving people a way to avoid others, why, leaving technology to tend to daily tasks, I agree creating lazy humans, pretty soon all we need to do is wake up in the morning in our beds or maybe our beds or PODS and think of the things that need to be done, never getting up or lifting a finger,,,, Its a crazy world we live in ,,

  • Michael

    While some of Samsungs products are vaporware the samsung tv is great. I especially love samsungs tv apps which I found,


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