ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Trends -

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; we­plen­, 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. ➤

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