Behold: The future of laundry
Giles Turnbull can’t talk right now, he’s just texting his washing machine…
What if your washing machine was connected to the internet?
That’s the question the team London technology company Berg Cloud asked themselves not long ago.
The answer is a prototype called Cloudwash (bergcloud.com/case-studies/cloudwash). It’s a working washing machine that talks to the internet, and from there to you, wherever you happen to be.
You can talk to your washing machine from your phone. It can send you an alert when your wash is done – or you can load it up before you leave for work, then start the wash cycle by remote control from the office during the afternoon, so that everything’s fresh for when you return.
There are buttons on the front of the machine that automatically order replacement detergent and fabric conditioner from Amazon.
What’s most interesting about Berg’s experiment is that they used a normal washing machine, and adapted it to talk to the network using extra hardware they designed. Those extra widgets and microchips turn a dumb object into a smart object.
Those widgets are what Berg’s business is all about. It doesn’t want to make washing machines; it wants to make washing machines smarter.
The five-minute film explaining Cloudwash feels very natural, and doesn’t make the technology seem too weird.
So while it might seem a bit over-indulgent to want an internet-connected washing machine today, this is probably where household goods are going tomorrow (ish). Give it another five or ten years, and everyone will be wondering how on earth they managed without smart washing machines, boilers, and cookers.
Latest posts by Silversurfer's Editor (see all)
- Does the country need a new ‘caretaker’ prime minister? - June 25, 2017
- Five Essentials for Carers Looking After Someone with Dementia - June 22, 2017
- Over 50s ‘should have more sex to boost their IQ’ - June 22, 2017
- Last minute special offers from Shearings Holidays - June 21, 2017
- Has the media become too judgemental? - June 21, 2017
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!