Whirlpool Will Let Apple Watch Owners Control More Than 20 Appliances With an App

The Apple Watch app makes it easy to check up on apps, and, in some cases, get things done without requiring your phone.

Whirlpool, a company that has a wide range of appliances, has just announced that it will let Apple Watch owners control more than 20 different appliances with just an app on the wearable. CNET has a quick write-up of what Whirlpool appliance owners can expect in the near future, indicating that with a smart oven and an Apple Watch, owners can use the app to change the oven’s settings while it’s being used, and check the temperature make sure everything is as it should be.

Meanwhile, owners of a supported smart dryer can see if a cycle as started, or, if it has, see how much time is left on a running cycle. The Apple Watch app will let owners of smart washing machines change the cycle while the appliance is running.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is going on right now, and Whirlpool is showing off how the app works. The original report indicates that this is the first time a manufacturer of home appliances has announced an Apple Watch of this nature, so it will be interesting to see if this is the first of many to come.

Our Take

This sort of app, where Apple Watch owners can keep tabs on their smart appliances, and even change cycles or temperatures or operations, has been a long time coming to say the least. It’s a little surprising it took this long. Now that Whirlpool has started the initiative, though, we could see other companies start to offer a similar app on the smartwatch.

Wonder how long it will be before Samsung has an offering of its own?

[via CNET]

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