It seems almost impossible to keep up with all of the new phones, computers, tables, TVs, and other technologies that are being introduced every month. The convenience of these new technologies helps us to live much easier lives than those before us, and it’s gotten to a point where it would seem impossible to live without modern staples like smartphones and the internet.
As amazing as these things are, they’re significantly tamer than what people of decades past dreamed the future might hold. In the 50s and 60s, science fiction authors and movie makers had fantastic visions of glittering cities filled with wondrous technology that made life as lovely as a dream.
One of the most popular cartoons of the time, The Jetsons, portrayed a life of ease with appliances that would solve all of our problems at the touch of a button. Robot automated maids helped The Jetsons through their daily lives, and with one push of a button dinner was complete! Video phones and instant communication are technologies from shows like the Jetsons that have truly been realized. But when it comes to appliances, how far have we really advanced?
Perhaps surprisingly, given that we don’t think about our dishwashers all that much, there have been advancements made in the last few decades that have made home living so much simpler than it was in the past. Devices integrating internet capability, adding in smart features and saving user preferences. Really, some may argue that everything we own is turning into yet another personal computer, and eventually we’ll have everything in our homes networked together in one personalized ecosystem.
But, when it comes to the best new appliances that make our lives easier, there are naturally a few standouts that bring us a tantalizing hint of the future, today. Here are some appliances you probably don’t own, but would never dream of living without if you did.
Belkin WeMo Controlled Crock Pot
Belkin WeMo has really been changing up the game in the world of home automation. The WeMo allows for phones to connect to appliances from a remote location. This may not seem like a big deal for a crock pot, but it really makes a huge difference for those who are on the run.
Temperatures, cooking time, power, and more can be controlled by the touch of a button on this innovative new system. This is great for those who are trying to prepare a meal for their family or friends while they are on the move.
iRobot Looj Gutter Cleaner
Every home owner knows how important it is to clean out your gutters. Filthy gutters lead to ice buildup in the winter time and rain overflow in the rainy seasons. Not only can this cause a mess, but it can make for some costly gutter repairs if not taken care of. With the new iRobot Looj Gutter Cleaner, cleaning your gutters is now easier than ever.
The iRobot Looj Gutter Cleaner rips through build up with just a click of a button. The automated cleaner uses a gear driven system to flow through gutters and really get the job done. It saves property owners the hard work of cleaning gutters by hand – not to mention the risks of prolonged work atop a ladder.
LG Home Chat
Price: Free With Compatible LG Devices
We’re getting more and more accustomed to everything being available immediately, but some things do take time. Does anybody, after a long day at work, really want to have to wait even longer to eat dinner while their oven slowly heats up? We’re a ways off from robot butlers that can handle those kinds of tasks, but some steps are being made to make life a bit more convenient.
LG is unleashing one of its newest accomplishments in its home automation and appliance offerings. With Home Chat, individuals can text their appliances and start the jobs of washing machines, pre-heating ovens, starting microwaves, and more. A lot of negatives surround our always-connected reality, but this is a new development that can really make chores around the home much more streamlined and easy to deal with.
Hopping onto the list again is the ever innovative company iRobot. With the iRobot Scooba, cleaning grime and dirt off of hardwood floors and tile has never been easier. The iRobot Scooba has an advanced artificial intelligence engine that mixes advanced algorithms and distance recognition to fully clean whole rooms of grimy dirty floors.
With a three step cleaning process that is based off of professional cleaning, floors are guaranteed to look better than when the Scooba first hit it. First a pre soak is applied, then a scrubbing cycle, and finally a squeegee cycle to finish it all off. This is a nice little indulgence for all those homemakers that are tired after decades of mopping floors.
iPot Pressure Cooker
The instapot, or iPot, is a brand new pressure cooker that pairs technology with efficient cooking. This pressure cooker is for much more than just steaming rice! This pressure cooker can help individuals make everything from yogurt to porridge, soup, and more.
This iPot can be linked via Bluetooth to tablets or smartphones, allowing for advanced controls to be applied remotely. This can make pressure cooking much less stressful than it used to be, and is yet another step toward greater convenience for those looking to eat healthier meals at home.
Belkin WeMo Lighting
The Belkin WeMo has made it onto the list once again. This time the Belkin WeMo is hopping onto the list for its light management capabilities. The remote functionality of the Belkin WeMo allows for individuals to adjust the lighting in their home from any remote location.
This is great for those that want to have the lights on while they are on vacation, but would rather not have the lights a constant drain for the weeks they are away. This is also a great tool for those who are looking to have their home lit up and ready for them before they arrive back after work.
Price: $349.99 – $699.99
The ever advancing iRobot company is now becoming a mainstay on this list. The iRobot Roomba has been the company’s main product since the company started, and is a solution to the tedious vacuuming that every homeowner knows all too well.
The Roomba has had many advancements since its introduction to the market, and now the Roomba can clean a carpeted room better than ever before. The device works just like the Scooba, using an artificial intelligence engine to clean all areas of a room and leave it sparkling clean.
Samsung Chef Series
This entry is a bit of a cheat, since it actually includes several devices. As with the other devices on this list, these appliances are all intelligent – just in a different way. The fridge, for example. has sectional temperature controls, as does the oven. The dishwasher has a different setup from regular washers, one that makes it easier to get all the dishes squeaky clean.
All in all, the Samsung Chef Series is a great way for individuals to bring a commercial style kitchen into the home and (attempt to) make high-class, quality dishes.
Director of home appliances at Samsung, Kevin Dexter, has this to say about the new Chef Series. “If there is one word to describe our approach to 2014, it is passion. Whether it is cooking and entertaining in more sophisticated ways, or creating a beautiful home that is truly show-off worthy, consumer passion is driving our product innovation and inspiring us to new heights of design excellence.”
Intel Charging Bowl
A bit of a step in a different direction, the Intel charging bowl is possibly one of the coolest new appliances that will be in many homes in the near future.
The charging bowl makes charging your devices so much easier, swapping out cables for magnetic resonance charging. Simply plunk your device into the bowl and allow it to charge – no untangling cables or searching for empty outlets required. Not only is this a very convenient accessory, it also boasts a sleek aesthetic that can help grant a home the modern look many people crave. No price or release date announced, but it’s just too cool not to mention.
Haier Tianzun Smart Air Conditioner
Another item that is so new that no pricing yet exists, the Tianzun smart air conditioner is one of the sleekest and most fashionable items on this list other than the chef series. This air conditioner unit isn’t just your regular air condition unit. This is an Apple approved air conditioner. What this means is that Apple has certified the Tianzun as a smart air conditioner.
Apple has certified streaming speakers and game controllers before, but this is the first time that an air conditioner has been approved by Apple. By controlling an air conditioner with your phone, you can truly live in comfort.