At the annual IFA Global Press Conference today, home appliances manufacturer BSH pulled the wraps off its new connected home solution. Home Connect brings connectivity to the appliances in your home to smartphones and tablets, but perhaps more importantly it will be an open standard. This means that Home Connect will be compatible with multiple different brands, and it will be run as a separate company.
While not discussing specifically which appliances would be launching with Home Connect – those will be appearing at the main IFA show in Berlin this September – BSH's, Dr Claudia Häpp, made a point to emphasize that all appliances means all appliances.
Home Connect uses your standard home Wifi connection to bring about its connectivity. When you move away from your Wifi connection, you're still able to tap in via the Home Connect cloud servers to remotely operate the appliances.
Everything that can be done on the actual appliance, can be done from within the confines of the application. Speaking of which, the initial launch at IFA will see the introduction of an iOS app with Android following in early 2015. It won't be region exclusive either, BSH is aiming for a global rollout of Home Connect.
So, since we don't know exactly what we'll be controlling yet, is there anything specific you'd love to be able to do with your home appliances connected to your mobile devices?