Evolving from sci-fi concept to retail offering this year are smart household appliances. The new models are able to text when your clothes are dry or notify you when a power outage knocks your fridge out.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, appliance manufacturers Whirlpool and LG will unveil new washers, dryers and refrigerators, which connect with the owner's smartphones or tablets through home-based wi-fi networks, to let them know when to change filters, schedule maintenance or the cheapest time of day to wash clothes, Discovery News reported.
Warwick Stirling, Whirlpool global director of energy and sustainability said that the devices will be available for sale in March under its "Sixth Sense Live" brand.
Whirlpool's new Bluetooth-capable CoolVox refrigerator lets users play music through the fridge using an app.
Meanwhile, Korean electronics giant LG is unveiling a new line at CES that will allow users to control their washer, vacuum or range by voice command via smartphone.
It even offers the ability to check what kind of food is inside the refrigerator remotely.