KITCHENS THAT WILL DO THE WORK FOR YOU
Samsung has vowed that by 2020 every one of its devices will be connected to the internet via its ‘Bixby’ and ‘Smartthings’ systems. Considering the Alexa microwave is already available in the US, we think the tech giant could get there a year early.
‘In the kitchen, we’ve been seeing a rise in appliances integrating Google Assistant and Alexa, so automation will become more prevalent,’ says Katrina Mills, smart home buyer at John Lewis & Partners. ‘Customers will be able to control their oven or coffee machine with a simple voice command.’ Intelligent food storage, such as Ovie’s ‘Smarterware’ (due to launch in March) and the ‘Java Smart Container’ by Weplenish (£32; weplenish.com), will cut food waste and place shopping orders for you.
Even more intriguing is Electrolux’s plan for, in the words of Simon Bradford, VP of design, ‘appliances that feel your presence’. This includes the ‘Senseoven 2.0’ that will turn its tinted door clear as you approach. ➤