If you want to plug your dumb coffeepot into your smart home, Amazon now has a way: the Wi-Fi connected Amazon Smart Plug plug.The $25 app-controlled device plugs into an ordinary wall socket, and you then plug ordinary electrical appliances into it, said Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices, at Amazon's sweeping debut of new devices on Thursday. It'll ship in October.The smart plug market is crowded already. But Amazon has a good chance at success given how widespread its Alexa technology is already -- in particular the Amazon Echo smart speakers -- and how useful it is at controlling smart-home products.Smart plugs typically connect to your Wi-Fi network, with an accompanying app to set them up and control them. See also Surprise! Amazon will debut devices today Follow our Amazon Echo launch live blog here Alexa goes audiophile: Why Amazon may be getting serious about audio Amazon just accidentally revealed an Echo subwoofer and smart plug Amazon Echo event live blog: … [Read more...] about Amazon’s $25 Smart Plug plug brings Alexa brains to dumb electrical appliances
FirstBuild, a microfactory created by GE Appliances, will expand into India, the company announced Tuesday. FirstBuild will work with a prototyping center and makerspace called T-Works in Hyderabad, India to open a location in early 2019, according to a release from GE Appliances. FirstBuild employees will work with T-Works' designers, programmers, students, craftsman and makers.In 2014, GE Appliances opened a microfactory/makerspace in Louisville, Kentucky, called FirstBuild, where designers and engineers can work on offbeat projects that could eventually be available for small-scale distribution. That space has given birth to such projects as the Paragon Induction Cooktop, the Opal Nugget Ice Maker and the forthcoming Forge Clear Ice System. The India location will be the second international expansion for FirstBuild. The microfactory worked with Shanghai Tech University, Jiao Tong University and the University of Michigan to open a Center of … [Read more...] about GE Appliances’ FirstBuild microfactory expands to India
You no longer need a middleman to use Google Assistant to give voice commands to your Wi-Fi-connected GE Appliances. The manufacturer announced today that its appliances would work directly with Google's voice-activated assistant without the need to use the Geneva Home Action. That means you no longer have to say, "Hey Google, ask Geneva Home to preheat the oven to 350 degrees." Instead, you can just say, "Hey Google, preheat the oven to 350 degrees" to devices that include Google Assistant, such as the Google Home smart speaker. "Working with Google, we have created a more natural way to communicate with your appliances that allows you to speak your request like you would with any friend or family member who's helping around the house," said Shawn Stover, vice president of GE Appliances' SmartHome Solutions team, in a press release.The change applies to all of GE Appliances' connected appliances, including ovens, dishwashers and washing machines. To enable the integration, you … [Read more...] about GE Appliances makes it easier to use Google Assistant in the kitchen
Best Home Deals The best home, kitchen, smart home, and automotive deals from around the web, updated daily. Take a load off and save up to 75% this week on new furniture and appliances from Wayfair’s Labor Day sale. The sale includes extra savings on living room furniture, wall art, lighting, kitchen & dining room furniture, and more. They’ve rolled back the prices on select area rugs down to $25 or less and are running special discounts on kitchen appliances too, just for started. So whatever your home needs, chances are Wayfair has it. The sale ends next Tuesday, so head over there and start shopping. Have any recommendations? Drop them in the comments. … [Read more...] about Wayfair’s Labor Day Clearance Includes Thousands of Deals on Furniture, Appliances, Rugs, and More
Hello, and welcome back to What’s Cooking?, the open thread where you get to share all of your brilliant thoughts, advice, recipes, and opinions on all things food-related. Today I want to know about your favorite odd but necessary kitchen tools, even if they are—gasp—single-use. In the world of kitchen appliances, there are the obvious workhorses—the items I can’t (and shouldn’t be expected to) live without. These include my stick blender, my giant wooden spoon, my cast iron pan, and (shockingly) my immersion circulators (all three of them). But then there are the surprise must-haves, the true heroes that I never saw coming. Then there is my Tovolo Scoop & Spread Multi-purpose Spreader. Though it looks like a humble little spatula, this thing is so much more. On one end, you have a stiff, nylon scraper-spreader which—you guessed it—is very good at scraping and spreading. But it’s the other end, the silicone scooper end, that is … [Read more...] about What Weird Kitchen Appliance Can You Not Live Without?