Whirlpool Corp. Launches Smart Appliances
May 1, 2013
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Global appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. launched a line of smart appliances using a proprietary technology called 6th Sense Live.

Whirlpool Corp.'s flagship Whirlpool brand will launch the new line of smart appliances in the Chicago area, along with the launch of the free mysmartappliances app, available in the iTunes app store.

Whirlpool said the convergence of technology with household appliances is evolving to optimize energy consumption and to give consumers the ability to better manage and control household tasks from their smartphones.

Whirlpool Corp. noted that it established its internal office for environmental control in 1970. The company said its sustainability efforts extended to efficient products and a sustainable business model.

The four new appliances include a smart refrigerator, smart dishwasher and smart washer and dryer. Each can be controlled using an app and will communicate with the emerging Smart Grid.

"Smart grid-enabled appliances have evolved into a broader conversation around the connected home and home management," said Warwick Stirling, Whirlpool Corp. global director of sustainability. "Consumers want to connect to their homes in a meaningful way and benefit from functions that allow them to save energy and monitor their appliances even when away from home."

The new appliance management features include Vacation Assistant, Remote Start/Pause, and alerts or text messages.

The apps provide users real-time information, such as which cycle the appliance is on, as well as energy rates and consumption.

The new Whirlpool brand smart appliances are being launched initially through retailer Abt Electronics in Chicago. The line will be expanded to other retailers later in 2013.

The line includes:
* Smart Side-by-Side Refrigerator model WRL767SIAM in Monochromatic Stainless Steel, offered at a suggested retail price of $1,999.
* Smart Dishwasher model WDL785SAAM in Monochromatic Stainless Steel, at $949.
* Smart Front Load Washer and Electric Dryer models WFL98HEB and WEL98HEB, availability and pricing to be announced.

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