Whirlpool has collaborated with Amazon to launch several new voice-controlled appliances that are set to be unveiled at CES in Las Vegas (January 5-8).
The smart appliances will launch across the brands portfolio in early 2017 and will feature voice capabilities through Alexa-enabled devices, such as the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.
Using voice commands, users will be able to make changes to appliances such as adjusting the temperature of the oven or changing a wash cycle. Whirlpool said the aim is to simplify and improve consumers’ busy lives.
“As we continue to explore innovative solutions, we always want to do so with consumers’ habits and needs in mind,” said Brett Dibkey, vice-president of Integrated Business Units at Whirlpool Corporation. “As demand for a smart-home ecosystem grows, consumers are looking for a wide variety of new ways to interact with their appliances, whether it’s on-product, digitally with an app, or through voice control.”
Director of Amazon Alexa, Rob Pulciani, said: “Now any customer with a far-field Alexa enabled device can control most smart appliances made by Whirlpool Corporation, simply using their voice. Our customers will love the added convenience of hands-free controls while they’re prepping for dinner or finishing that last load of laundry.”
The news expands on Whirlpool’s relationship with Amazon, which currently features Amazon Dash Replenishment in laundry and kitchen products. ‘Early this year’, Whirlpool plans to expand this capability to more appliance models across its portfolio range.
“We’re eager to continue working with Amazon as it is a leader in e-commerce and automated replenishment, as well as voice control,” Mr Dibkey added. “The capabilities this relationship brings to our portfolio of appliances reinforces Whirlpool Corporation’s commitment to purposeful innovation.”
Whirlpool’s Smart Kitchen Suite unveiled at CES also includes Scan-to-Cook technology on its built-in oven range and microwave, Assisted Cooking and Control from Anywhere – which allows users to start, pause, stop and adjust the temperature and cook time for the oven from anywhere in the home.
TrustMark is working with Buckinghamshire & Surrey Trading Standards, its Primary Authority Partner, to provide another level of consumer protection and trade accreditation to both householders and tradespeople in the home improvement, maintenance and repair sector.
Together the two government organisations will jointly deliver a national Trading Standards supporting scheme, giving firms local reassurance with national recognition. The ‘Trading Standards Approved’ scheme is an accreditation that tells potential customers that the tradesperson not only complies with TrustMark’s Government-endorsed Standards for quality of workmanship, but they also understand fair trading practices and have in place all the correct documentation and insurances.
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20th October will be a date I remember well I can finally hand the chairmanship of DASA to a new encampment . Steve Burns , steve brings with him a wealth of knowledge from various areas in the industry ,he has been joined with 3 very experienced officers within this industry all are first time in office which I think will be an exciting time for the association , I would like to thank the officers and council for all their support during my many years as chairman I found it a privilege and honour to do it . I wish the new chairman and his team a very successful and enjoyable future , and offer my continued support to them..
DASA will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting on 26th January 2017 at Orchard Hotel, East Midland Conference Centre, University Park, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RJ to finalise and adopt a new revision to our 2006 constitution. Council feels it is now out dated and no longer beneficial in its current form. Over the next few weeks a draft copy should land in your in box so look out for it and have a share in redefining what we as an organisation stands for, what our goals and expectations are
Haier reveals their new twin drum washer dryer
The Duo Dry tumble dryer according to ERT, its two drums can wash loads of varying colours and fabrics and then switch to drying mode.
The upper drum has 13 programs and can wash and dry a 4kg load, the lower one has 20 programs and an 8kg capacity. It will retail for around £1,699.
Haier: 0333 003 8122