for these specific features. After all, before cars were invented, people might have known only to ask for faster horses. “We try to be innovative in ways that customers don’t realize they need,” Samsung spokesman Louis Masses said.
Whirlpool said insights can come from something as simple as watching consumers open the oven door several times to check on the meal, losing heat in the process.
“They do not say to us, ‘Please tell me where to put (food) on the rack, or do algorithm-based cooking,’” said Doug Searles, general manager for Whirlpool’s research arm, WLabs. “They tell us the results that are most important to them.”
Samsung has several voice-enabled products, including a fridge that comes with an app that lets you check on its contents while you’re grocery shopping. New this year: Samsung’s washing machines can send alerts to its TVs — smart TVs, of course — so you know your laundry is ready while watching Netflix.
Other connected items at CES include:
— a fishing rod that tracks your location to build an online map of where you’ve made the most catches.
— a toothbrush that recommends where to brush more.
— a fragrance diffuser that lets you control how your home smells from a smartphone app.
These are poised to join internet-connected security cameras, door locks and thermostats that are already on the market. The latter can work with sensors to turn the heat down automatically when you leave home.
Chester said consumers feel the need to keep up with their neighbors when they buy appliances with the smartest smarts. He said all the conveniences can be “a powerful drug to help people forget the fact that they are also being spied on.”
Gadgets with voice controls typically aren’t transmitting any data back to company servers until you activate them with a trigger word, such as “Alexa” or “OK Google.” But devices have sometimes misheard innocuous words as legitimate commands to record and send private conversations .
Even when devices work properly, commands are usually stored indefinitely. Companies can use the data to personalize experiences — including ads. Beyond that, background conversations may be stored with the voice recordings and can resurface with hacking or as part of lawsuits or investigations.
Knowing what you cook or stock in your fridge might seem innocuous. But if insurers get hold of the data, they might charge you more for unhealthy diets, warned Paul Stephens, director of policy and advocacy at the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse in San Diego. He also said it might be possible to infer ethnicity based on food consumed.
Manufacturers are instead emphasizing the benefits: Data collection from the smart faucet, for instance, allows Kohler’s app Essentials, which sells sturdy glass bottles in various colors and sizes, labeled with recipes for solutions that can be made using mostly vinegar, water and essential oils.
“Sixty years ago our grandparents wouldn’t have gone to the store for cleaners. They would have used vinegar, baking soda, some elbow grease, and been healthier for it,” says Mike Robinson.
Katy Kiick Condon, senior editor for home design at Better Homes & Gardens magazine, agrees: “Just steam, hot water and some elbow grease can accomplish a lot.” DO’s: Know the basics about the cleaning properties of various household products:
—Baking soda is a great deodorizer and is useful as a mild abrasive;
—Vinegar cuts grease, removes mineral deposits and has disinfectant qualities;
—Lemon juice with some salt can remove rust stains. DON’Ts: - NEVER combine bleach with anything but water. And remember that baking soda and vinegar, while trusted standbys individually, are ineffective for cleaning if combined — and to display how much water is dispensed. (Water bills typically show water use for the whole home, not individual taps.)
The market for smart devices is still small, but growing. Kohler estimates that in a few years, smart appliances will make up 10 percent of its revenue. Though the features are initially limited to premium models — such as the $7,000 toilet — they should eventually appear in entry-level products, too, as costs come down.
Consider the TV. “Dumb” TVs are rare these days, as the vast majority of TVs ship with internet connections and apps, like it or not.
“It becomes a check-box item for the TV manufacturer,” said Paul Gagnon, an analyst with IHS Markit. For a dumb one, he said, you have to search for an offbrand, entry-level model with smaller screens — or will bubble up explosively.
- Don’t use lemon on wood, since it can destroy protective finishes, says Sisco.
- Don’t overdo it with vinegar, which can dull surfaces, she says. There’s a reason that cleaning-product recipes call for adding water. RECIPES: With the above basics in mind, here are a few recipes recommended by the pros.
Window cleaner: For clean, streak-free windows, Condon, at Better Homes & Gardens, swears by the go to places in the world where streaming services aren’t common.
“Dumb” cars are also headed to the scrapyard. The research firm BI Intelligence estimates that by 2020, three out of every four cars sold worldwide will be models with connectivity. No serious incidents have occurred in the United States, Europe and Japan, but a red flag has already been raised in China, where automakers have been sharing location details of connected cars with the government.
As for TVs, Consumer Reports says many TV makers collect and share users’ viewing habits. Vizio agreed to $2.5 million in penalties in 2017 to settle cases with the Federal Trade Commission and New Jersey officials.
Consumers can decide not to enable these connections. They can also vote with their wallets, Stephens said.
“I’m a firm believer that simple is better. If you don’t combination of 2 cups hot water, 1 tablespoon corn starch, 1/4 cup white vinegar and 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol. “I tested a bunch of recipes, and this one is handsdown the best for mirrors and windows,” she says.
All-purpose cleaner: Sisco, at Real Simple, recommends combining 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 cups of water and 1/2 teaspoon of castille soap, such as Dr. Bonner’s. For a stronger cleaner, she recommends mixing 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup vodka, 10 to 20 drops of essential oil and 1 need to have these so-called enhancements, don’t buy them,” he said. “Does one really need a refrigerator that keeps track of everything in it and tells you you are running out of milk?”
AP writers Joseph Pisani and Matt O’Brien in Las Vegas and Frank Bajak in Boston contributed to this story. 1/2 cups water.
Carpet cleaner: Sisco recommends blotting the stain then saturating it with club soda. “The bubbles will work the stain to the surface,” she says. Then coat it with a hefty dose of table salt, which will absorb the stain, she says. “Then just vacuum it up once it’s dry, maybe 12 hours later. It’s a good overnight cleaning solution, and great for wine and other stains. The key is to blot all excess stain before starting with club soda and salt.”
Whirlpool Corporation and Yummly team up to create smart cooking appliances through a series of over the air updates to both product software and the Whirlpool and Yummly Guided Cooking brand apps, at the CES Unveiled at CES International Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Las Vegas.
The company’s Essential Oils used in homemade cleaning recipes.
The Breadbot automatic bread baking machine is on display at the Wilkinson Baking Company booth during CES Unveiled at CES International, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Las Vegas.
The Archibald e-gardener app, left, and Super Sensor, right, are on display at the Connected Garden booth during CES Unveiled at CES International, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Las Vegas. The Super Sensor, over a 24-hour period, can analyze the soil, brightness and climate and recommend types of plants according to preferences.
Flo, designed by Moen to detect water leaks and water usage on for an entire home and show all the information on an app, is displayed at the CES Unveiled at CES International Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Las Vegas.
The Smart Video Doorbell is on display at the Netatmo booth during CES Unveiled at CES International, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Las Vegas. The doorbell allows the user to speak with visitors and monitor their home.
A man demonstrates the Ovis Suitcase at the ForwardX booth during CES Unveiled at CES International, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, in Las Vegas. The suitcase will automatically follow the user at their side as they walk
The company’s reusableVIA glass cleaning bottles available in stores and online.