Wi-Fi has been one of those inventions that has had a significant impact on the world and still has a huge amount of potential. Wi-Fi has found its place in a number of products, largely in the computing and communications sectors.
What started out in cashier systems soon made its way to the desktop PC, laptops, and nowadays smartphones and tablets. But competing manufacturers of electrical products are creating increasingly innovative Wi-Fi enabled products, from office equipment to household appliances. This has been aided by cheaper broadband packages and faster internet speed offered for the home.
Use Of Wi-Fi In The Home
A key area of focus has been the television as this is a part of the home where the most amount of time is spent. Typically via a dongle, the latest ‘smart’ televisions are able to wirelessly connect to the internet allowing people to access social networking sites, stream videos, download apps as well as a variety of other functions. We are now even able to use our smartphones as remote controls.
Wi-Fi enabled printers have now gripped the market. The use of these has been supported by the development of Apple’s AirPrint and Google’s Google Cloud Print, which enable users of mobile devices to print almost anything from their smartphone or tablet through a wireless internet connection, from emails to cinema tickets.
But innovation is being taken to another level with the release of Wi-Fi enabled household appliances. You leave home but can’t remember if you turned the oven off?
Samsung has the answer, having developed the Samsung Zipel Smart Oven. Currently only available in Samsung’s home country of South Korea, the oven works with an Android app which can be downloaded via a mobile device that connects wirelessly with the oven, enabling the user to control the oven remotely. It also allows a user to download a recipe app, choose the dish they want to bake, and the oven will adjust the cooking temperature and time.
Or how about you have left the house to go shopping but have left your list and can’t remember what’s in the fridge?
LG has developed the LG Smart Manager Fridge. It has a camera and is Wi-Fi enabled again allowing users to access the fridge remotely, with the camera enabling you to see inside the fridge and determine what’s needed.
The fridge also has a LCD screen and a barcode scanner so users can manage food shopping by scanning the barcodes of items, or by describing the item via voice recognition technology. This way, the refrigerators computer can monitor contents and automatically add food to a user’s online shopping account when stocks are running low. It can even suggest recipes based on what’s left and once a recipe is chosen, it can wirelessly communicate with your oven to set the correct temperature and time. The refrigerator also allows you to access “kitchen relevant applications”.
Wi-Fi is changing the world we know and is becoming something we are increasingly reliant on.