IFA 2019: household appliances and the “smart” Beko houses


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Over the past few years, manufacturers of household appliances and electronics have been actively developing

concept of &#8220;Smart Home&#8221;.And if a few years ago all this seemed like something distant and not yet entirely clear, now the overall picture is emerging and the big &#8220;players&#8221; are already actively developing their ecosystems for smart homes, not “on paper”, but in the form of very real working solutions. At IFA 2019, we got a little taste of such an ecosystem from home appliance manufacturer Beko.

The Beko brand is part of a Turkish concernArçelik, which includes the Beko and Grundig we know, as well as Blomberg (a German manufacturer of household appliances, not to be confused with Bloomberg), Arçelik, ElektraBregenz, Arctic, Leisure, Flavel, Defy, Dawlance and Altus. But today we will limit ourselves to the Beko brand, which has been present on the Ukrainian market for a long time. At its stand, Beko presented its own version of the smart home ecosystem called HomeWhiz, which includes &#8220;smart&#8221; refrigerators, washing machines and dryers, air conditioners, dishwashers, ovens and various security equipment: surveillance cameras, smoke detectors, leaks, etc.


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All these devices connect to the Wi-Fi network andcontrolled using the corresponding HomeWhiz mobile application for smartphones on Android or iOS. With its help, you can monitor the process of washing, cooking, washing dishes, and so on.


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You can run it all remotely andsuspend. There is support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants. And if the first one is not very relevant for us, then Google Assistant is already quite working in Ukraine. Moreover, there are rumors about active work on the Ukrainian version. With the help of voice assistants, you can not only start or pause a particular process, but also check the current status or, for example, the end time of washing/cooking.


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Smart dishwashers of the AutoDose seriesConnected can also order cleaning products if necessary, or notify the owner about this using the application. AutoDose technology makes life even easier: a special dishwasher container is filled with detergent, which (depending on frequency of use) can last for up to a month. At the same time, the dishwasher itself determines the amount required for one dishwashing cycle.


 


 


 

 

Beko washing machines also use alreadyAutoDose automatic detergent dosing technology mentioned above. Another extremely interesting technology is AquaTech, which can reduce washing time by up to 50% and help extend the life of your clothes. The idea is to use the natural flow of water, which provides gentle and high-quality washing even at low temperatures. Built-in sensors detect when the items being washed are at the bottom of the drum and the detergent is distributed more efficiently and evenly.


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Also at IFA 2019, Beko introduced extremelycurious HarvestFresh technology, which will appear in some refrigerators next year. The main idea is that the container for fruits and vegetables is equipped with its own separate lighting system, which simulates the daily cycle of the sun thanks to just three light sources (green, blue and red). It is argued that due to this, vitamins in vegetables and fruits last as long as possible. According to Beko, research has shown that HarvestFresh technology helps preserve vitamins A and C for much longer.


 


 


 


 

 

HomeWhiz can not only inform about the end of the cooking process in the oven, but also has a separate section with recipes for preparing various dishes.


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With Beko's smart climate technology in HomeWhiz, you can not only control operating modes, timers and scheduled activation, but also monitor the purity and quality of the air.


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At the moment, Beko already has in stockAlmost the entire necessary range of home appliances supported by HomeWhiz. Now such integration of absolutely everything in the house may not seem too realistic, but I believe that in 5 years this will already be taken for granted.