SMART HOME DE­VICE

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FROM fridges that live-stream your gro­ceries, to door­bells that mon­i­tor your yard for in­trud­ers and dodgy mail de­liv­er­ies, Aus­tralian homes are get­ting smarter.

Ev­ery­day white­goods are the lat­est de­vices to add cam­eras, in­ter­net con­nec­tions and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

Ex­perts say these de­vices will be­come smart enough to cook your din­ner for you, or let you know when your milk is off, and will be au­to­mat­i­cally mon­i­tored for faults and re­calls.

While plenty of peo­ple mocked the first smart fridge re­leased in Aus­tralia for $17,000 in 2004, the tech­nol­ogy has come a long way.

Sam­sung re­cently launched new smart fridges with 21-inch touch­screens that could warn you when your food is about to ex­pire, let you place a Woolworths or­der from its door, and even snap and send “shelfies” to your phone while you’re in the su­per­mar­ket.

Home ap­pli­ances prod­uct head Mike Lilly said Sam­sung launched the sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Fam­ily Hub smart fridges to “meet de­mand for this form of tech­nol­ogy” from Aus­tralians.

“Right now the Fam­ily Hub 2.0 pro­vides you the abil­ity to synch your com­pat­i­ble home ap­pli­ances, in­clud­ing your com­pat­i­ble wash­ing ma­chine or ro­botic vac­uum, and con­trol them from your fridge door,” Mr Lilly said.

Sam­sung isn’t the only com­pany adding in­ter­net con­nec­tiv­ity.

LG’s lat­est com­bined washer and dryer con­nects to wi-fi to let users or­der their clothes to be washed while they’re still out of the home.

Philips added new prod­ucts to its Hue smart light­ing range last week, al­low­ing White Am­bi­ence bulbs to turn on au­to­mat­i­cally, while Ring de­liv­ered its sec­ond smart door­bell that livestreams video from your front door, and a flood­light that films what it il­lu­mi­nates.

Google-owned Nest Labs also launched a range of smart prod­ucts in Aus­tralia, from a smart smoke de­tec­tor to an in­ter­net-con­nected out­door se­cu­rity cam­era.

T e l s y t e man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Foad Fadaghi said smart prod­ucts were on the rise in Aus­tralia, but their use would sky­rocket over the next four years as prices fell.

“Smart ap­pli­ances are typ­i­cally priced be­tween 30 to 100 per cent more than stan­dard prod­ucts now,” he said.

“Our re­search shows that most con­sumers are only com­fort­able pay­ing 10 per cent more than non-smart prod­ucts. There needs to be greater scale in their pro­duc­tion to bring the prices down.”

Tel­syte pre­dicts the value of smart home prod­ucts will jump from just $377 mil­lion in 2016 to $4.7 bil­lion by 2021 and, like in­ter­net-con­nected TVs, in­ter­net-savvy white­goods will sim­ply be­come the norm.

These smart bulbs can turn on when they sense move­ment, and change hue de­pend­ing on the time of day. The light­ing colours — up to 50,000 shades of white — can be con­trolled and pro­grammed via an app. This smart door­bell senses mo­tion at your front door, and sends alerts and live video to con­nected smart­phones. It also al­lows you to an­swer your door via smart­phone or tablet, in­clud­ing with in­frared night vi­sion. The fridge (above) can stream video from its shelves, or­der gro­ceries from its touch­screen and dis­play recipes. You can en­ter ex­piry dates of stored items for re­minders, use cal­en­dar and to-do list apps, and use voice-ac­ti­vated con­trols. This smoke alarm (be­low) de­tects smoke and car­bon monox­ide, sends alerts to your smart­phone, and can light up when it de­tects move­ment. Us­ing a SmartThinQ app, users can re­motely start and mon­i­tor clothes wash­ing, as well as track the ma­chine’s en­ergy con­sump­tion, and di­ag­nose its own prob­lems and so­lu­tions. PROD­UCTS YOU CAN BUY TO­DAY SMART PHILIPS HUE WHITE AM­BI­ENCE STARTER KIT, $190 NEST PRO­TECT, $189 RING VIDEO DOOR­BELL 2, $329 SAM­SUNG FAM­ILY HUB 634L FRIDGE, $6199 LG TWINWASH SYS­TEM, $3999

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