I recently read an article that discussed Samsung’s business strategy to dominate the large appliance market: washing machines, dryers, dishwashing machines, refrigerators, etc. Not just large appliances, but smart large appliances, inter-connected appliances. That article gave me ideas for appliances and devices I’d like to see.
There are refrigerators that allow you to control the temperature to different zones within the appliance. There are ovens that allow you to insert a divider and have two separate chambers that can have different temperatures; you could roast a chicken and bake a cake at the same time. These exist today, but what about these ideas?
How about a washing machine that automatically dispenses the correct amount of detergent, bleach and/or fabric softener? Here’s the idea. There are separate reservoirs for detergent, bleach and fabric softener. You fill each reservoir with the appropriate liquid. After you put in the load of clothes, you select settings, such as load size, water temperature and cycle type (gentle, permanent press, heavily soiled, etc.), the washing machine automatically dispenses the correct amount of detergent, bleach and/or fabric softener based on the settings selected. Over time, this could save people money because they aren’t using too much detergent, bleach and/or fabric softener. And maybe the washing machine could even figure out the proper water temperature, thereby taking the guesswork out of the optimal water temperature for the load, again saving people money because they aren’t using hot water when they don’t need too. Perhaps this smart washing machine could also detect the load size and fill the tub with the optimal amount of water, instead of a simple setting of small, medium, large or extra large. And what about sensors that detect how dirty the rinse water is at the end of a rinse cycle? If the water is clean at the end of the rinse cycle, it tells itself to stop after the next spin cycle. If the water is still dirty, it queues up another rinse cycle. Guaranteed clean clothes. Awesome!
Similarly, how about dishwashing machines that self dispense the correct amount of dishwashing detergent at the correct times during the washing cycle. The dishwashing machine has a reservoir that is filled with dishwashing detergent. You select the cycle time and type (rinse only, light, heavy, pots and pans, etc.) and the dishwasher automatically dispenses the correct amount of detergent at the correct time during the cycle. Again, this saves consumers money because they aren’t using too much detergent. And if the machine can determine the correct water temperature based on the cleaning setting, even more consumer savings. Add in an ultraviolet sanitizer after the dishes are washed and rinsed. If ultraviolet sanitization isn’t practical, then add another reservoir for liquid sanitizer and let the machine automatically dispense the correct amount of sanitizer based on load size so that everything is sanitized before the drying cycle. Wouldn’t that be cool?
So those are two ideas I have for smart appliances. Someone probably already had those ideas. But if not, I should probably protect my ideas somehow. What do you think about my smart appliance ideas? Do you think people would buy them?