The Internet of Things (IoT) has made its presence felt with smart bulbs, televisions, and speakers, among others. But have you ever seen a smart washing machine or any futuristic appliance for the laundry industry? Let’s look at the state of this industry in relation to the Internet of Things.
There’s already a hint of the future of the laundry industry even back in 2014. A tech company in London known as Berg introduced a prototype machine called the Cloudwash. Berg wanted to experiment with a washing machine — changing not only its user interface but also creating an app for it.
Cloudwash is a very promising venture because it’s a product with practicality in mind. At the time, many of the smart devices only acted like smartphones; they displayed the time and played the music with one push of a button. In contrast, Berg made a prototype that specifically addresses laundry operations.
For one, the Cloudwash device can notify the user when the washing machine is about to have its last rinse and spin procedure. The user can then stop the cycle from happening until they return back home from work or school. Plus, the app offers guest logins and the ability to buy detergent from Amazon or Unilever.
Perhaps the most unique smart device to come out in the laundry industry comes from Omo. Known as Peggy, it’s a clothes-peg that does so much more than securing your clothes while you wait for them to dry. As a smart clothes-peg, it’s designed to alert you about the best conditions to hang your clothes.
It looks far bigger than your standard clothes-peg, but its distinct red appearance helps you locate it with ease. Peggy is equipped with a Lithium-ion battery and a USB charge port as well. To identify the current weather conditions, it uses two sensors — one for the temperature and the other for humidity.
On top of the smart clothes-peg is a wifi-module to relay the information it gathered back to your device. With the companion app, you can get a quick summary of the weather. Furthermore, the Peggy app will alert you about the finished drying time and both cycles for washing and drying.
You can also schedule your next laundry activities within the app. Peggy will give recommendations based on the data its sensors receives. Still, we recommend protecting the connection between the smart clothes-peg and your device. This can be achieved by getting a virtual private network (VPN).
A VPN is an affordable digital security service that encrypts your online activities. Why does VPN slow down internet? This is due to the encryption function, but we’re certain that the reduction in speed is negligible.
In the end, securing your IoT devices is much more important than a slight dip in speed. And while the future of smart washing machines is still unclear, there are developments worth noting today.