Earlier this year (it was New Year's Day to be precise) we told you about the Ö smart ring. That followed a successful Indiegogo campaign for the Mota smart ring, which is up for pre-orders on Mota's website (mota.com). This morning, the USPTO released a patent application from Samsung for a smart ring that would be used to control your smartphone, your television and other connected electronics.The filing uses an illustration to show how the presence of the ring would open a special menu on a smartphone, which would allow you to turn on and adjust your television, audio system, blinds, and any connected appliances. Samsung also noted in the filing that the ring would connect to social media sites like Facebook to open up a whole new set of functions for the device.The patent was filed by Samsung back in June, and there is no guarantee that the smart ring listed in the patent application will ever see the light of day. Still, a number of tech giants including Apple, Google and … [Read more...] about Samsung files patent application for a smart ring that could control your phone, T.V. and appliances
In the recent past, talking refrigerators, ovens and other appliances were a thing of horror movies and anecdotes. Not any more! At the ongoing CES 2014, LG announced a new generation of smart home appliances that are able to communicate with their owners via the company's new HomeChat service, or the popular mobile messenger LINE. That's right - owners of LG's 2014 appliances will be able to receive status updates and notifications from their digital brains, as well as issue commands to them with the simplicity of texting. In one of the scenarios, messaging "I'm going on vacation" on HomeChat will result in a prompt to activate "Vacation mode". Say yes, and the fridge will automatically enter low-power mode, the robotic vacuum will sweep the floor at a set time, the washing machine will wash and dry your clothes, and everything will be in blissful harmony when you return. Unless the machines have become sentient and decided to take over your house in the meantime. But this only … [Read more...] about LG HomeChat – you text, the appliances listen
posted on 06 Jan 2014, 08:43 2 1. hipnotika (Posts: 353; Member since: 06 Mar 2013) great innovations but poor support.... posted on 06 Jan 2014, 09:27 4 6. wargreymon (Posts: 764; Member since: 05 Nov 2013) Cool, you already bought all this stuff? You must love LG to try it so early. posted on 06 Jan 2014, 08:45 3 2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013) Amazing! posted on 06 Jan 2014, 08:48 1 3. Kishin (Posts: 706; Member since: 30 May 2013) Great, its so future like!!! posted on 06 Jan 2014, 08:58 4 4. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 176; Member since: 25 Sep 2012) Wait wait ... How does it know what you have in the fridge and when it spoils? Do you have to manually list items and dates? Is the NSA watching what we put in our cold storage via cameras tied into the light inside the fridge? Does that light infact turn off when the door is closed? How many licks does it take to ... err ... posted on 06 Jan 2014, 09:04 1 5. … [Read more...] about Comments for : LG HomeChat – you text, the appliances listen
This week, Walt’s column features the concept of the “information appliance,” something that has changed meaning over the years, since the introduction of the Apple II. Now that the smartphone has become everyone’s main computer, what is next in the progression? Walt and Nilay discuss this on a great retro-tech episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete. We love your feedback on the topics of the show and suggestions on how to make our podcasts better and more fun for the new year — you can tweet at Walt at @waltmossberg and Nilay at @reckless. And of course, we'd love it if you subscribed on iTunes (here's the direct RSS feed, if you like), along with The Verge's other podcasts The Vergecast and Verge Extras. You might also want to check out Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, and Too Embarrassed to Ask featuring The Verge's Lauren Goode. And hey, we finally have Ctrl-Walt-Delete T-shirts! Check out our merch store here. … [Read more...] about What is the new information appliance?
How many times have you needed to wash a sweater or other delicate item, but dreaded having to air-dry it, or throw it in the dryer with the regular laundry in hopes that it will survive the journey? Samsung has built a solution with the FlexDry DV60M9900, a $1,300 double machine that boasts a delicate dryer on top, and a large capacity tumble dryer below. We put our clothes in both to see how it went. Find out in our review below. Hitting the bigtime Like its companion, the Samsung FlexWash, the 7.5 cubic-feet capacity FlexDry DV60M9900 — a 2017 Home Awards winner — is a beast. Standing at 47 inches tall (20 inches taller than the Whirlpool Hybrid Care), with a depth of 32.5 inches, and a width of 27 inches, the appliance is sleek, black, and gorgeous. It features chrome edging and a blue LED display panel across the front. The size and beauty of the appliance is impressive. The bottom tumbler can easily fit a load of towels or several pairs of jeans. While not as big as … [Read more...] about Big and beautiful, the Samsung FlexDry rolls two dryers into one appliance