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Will You Buy a Smart Refrigerator?

Posted February 01, 2011 3:40 PM by Steve Melito

The Whirlpool Corporation builds appliances for the kitchen, the laundry room, and the entire home. Tendril provides energy management technologies for the Smart Grid, an energy-efficient electrical grid that will deliver electricity from suppliers and use two-way digital communications to control consumer appliances. The Smart Grid may be more fiction than fact, but a new partnership between Whirlpool and Tendril could help turn this vision into a reality.

Last week, Tendril announced that it will provide the back-end technology infrastructure to support development of Whirlpool's smart appliances. For its part, the world's largest manufacturer of major home appliances plans to extend Tendril's open standards-based platform to enable communication between appliances, consumers and energy providers. In this way, a household appliance such as a refrigerator could adjust the defrost cycle to a non-peak time – with or without the consumer's intervention.

Some experts predict that the global market for household smart appliances will grow from $3.06-billion (USD) in 2011 to $15.12-billion in 2015. Will you look for products that use Smart Grid technology when you buy your next oven, refrigerator, washer or dryer?

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01/31/2011 8:57 PM

Will you look for products that use Smart Grid technology when you buy your next oven, refrigerator, washer or dryer?

Short answer, no.

Longer answer,

Discrete devices like fridges and washing machines, stoves and ovens etc, just need to be efficient at what they are supposed to do, period.

There is no need for networked connectivity, and even less need for authoritarian control.

Just another example of trying to fix an assumption of a symptom...

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02/01/2011 5:18 AM

Indeed. Reliability is inversely propotional to number of parts.
The common brick is very reliable, however at KrisDelTM laboratories we are working on a new networking brick which will communicate with it's neighbors mutually monitoring their reliability.
The bricks will report back a regular rleiability retrop to a betmax video recrodre.
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02/01/2011 5:21 AM

Truly funny

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01/31/2011 10:39 PM

Anyone want to see pictures of my Whirlpool refrigerator that is rusting from the inside out because they didn't properly coat the steel or use a good grade of steel? This wasn't a cheap fridge either. Spent over $1,000 14 years ago.

The U.S. appliance industry is right where U.S. automakers were thirty years ago. Riding on reputation, selling garbage.

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01/31/2011 11:44 PM

I put on Solar here in Australia and after many complaints that I was not earning credits for what I produce a new smart meter was put on.

The big problem was it seemed probe problems would not allow the meter to down load to hand reader.

So result is fraud by the power retailer as they create bills quarter on quarter.

Like most things that can occur with all these things they get expensive and cost ten times much to fix. Not so sure about smart anything now.

Keep it simple and build it to last has gone by the way as we consumers get sucked in by gadgetry and gimmicks.

But are we going to be under control of big brother is the Question I ask.

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02/01/2011 11:34 AM

We just put new Whirlpool appliances in our kitchen. Every time there is a power outage, I have to reset the clocks in them. Since the technology to set clocks automatically has been around for, oh, 20 or 30 years, let's start with that "smart" before we get excited about "tendrils" and appliances that override our commands.

To directly answer the question: no, my appliances are already too "smart" for me.

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02/01/2011 12:14 PM

NO.

  1. I get bossed around enough in the kitchen already.
  2. I refuse to own appliances that might be smarter than I am.
  3. Can you imagine? The phone call from the wife to pick up a liter of milk on your way home is now followed by a second call from the refrigerator reminding you of the first call and adding three more items to the list?
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02/02/2011 6:15 PM

Attempting to open the fridge for a midnight snack, the door locks and a tiny transducer emits a small electronic voice: "Go back to bed you putty butt!"

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02/24/2011 8:34 PM

I definitely would buy such an appliance but does the electric grid need to be updated to provide best time and rates for appliances to be able to run at the most advantageous moment?

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