Whirlpool Brings Smart Home Tech to Europe
The Bauknecht BLive system is designed to save energy.
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Energy costs are sky-high in Europe. That’s why Bauknecht, a division of Whirlpool, unveiled new, smarter appliances tailored specifically to the continental market at IFA 2015 in Berlin.
According to Whirlpool, more than half of consumers in key European markets say they’re ready for smart appliances. The BLive dishwasher, fridge, and washing machine address that need head-on, using smart home technology to save time and resources.
Like the Whirlpool 6th Sense Live machines that are available in the U.S., BLive appliances can be scheduled to run when energy rates are at their lowest—a big deal in regions where electricity is far more expensive than it is in the U.S.
The connected appliances are also designed to be easier to use. For instance, the dishwasher can customize cycles based on what kind of dirty dishes are inside. According to Whirlpool, a field test of the new dishwasher showed that a third of users chose a custom cycle.
While the dishwasher’s control panel remains uncluttered, customizable options are accessible through the BLive smartphone app. The BLive app can also tell you which shelf is best for storing different kinds of food in the refrigerator.
Finally, the BLive washing machine connects to the dryer, letting it know how much wet laundry it’s about to receive. The drying program is customized based on fabric type and how much water is left in the load at the end of a wash cycle.