Whirlpool connects with Apple Watches
As announced at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018, Apple (AAPL) Watch users can expect to control Internet-connected Whirlpool home appliances products by the end of the year. Whirlpool stated that more than 20 of its products will be operated using the Whirlpool app on the Apple Watch.
Users would be able to remotely control specific functions of several wirelessly connected appliances such as washers, dryers, and ovens with the help of Whirlpool’s new watchOS app. For instance, consumers would be able to control temperature settings on ovens, change the wash options on a washer, or check the time remaining on their dryer via their Apple Watch.
Whirlpool’s collaboration with tech giants
Notably, Whirlpool’s partnership with these tech giants is a significant step in broadening its reach and to tap the growing trend of connected appliances. However, this is the first instance that an appliance maker has connected its products with the Apple Watch.
Amazon also stated that it is working to give Alexa the ability to control a connected microwave oven.
Home automation market is booming
The demand for home automation systems is expanding, as we can see in the chart above. The market is expected to be worth $79.6 billion by 2022, according to MarketsandMarkets.
Apple is working to capture this market with its smart home platform, HomeKit. Launched in 2014, Apple’s HomeKit has been in demand recently as growing numbers of homebuilders and product developers are integrating with the software’s framework.
Apple has been adding new HomeKit-compatible categories regularly, which it expects to launch later this year at WWDC 2018. Accessories connected to HomeKit can be controlled via the Apple Home app or through Apple’s voice assistant, Siri.