We have all heard of the so-called “Smart appliances” that were bandied about several years ago. The fridge that knew what food was in it, the state it was in and could add things to your shopping list (1). Didn’t really take off though.
I’m talking about a new wave of smarter appliances, ones that are actually useful. Ones that can work together. For example, your dishwasher that knows what time you usually get up in the morning or come home from work and will ensure that the dishes are clean by then, but it will also communicate with your power meter to ensure that it is costing you the least amount in electricity possible to do so, even pausing at non-critical parts of the cycle if the spot price gets too high.
Or your heatpump that knows when you are nearing the house from picking up your smart phones GPS signal and starts to heat the house so that the house is nice and toasty when you get home when there has been an unexpected southerly blast. Without you having to think about it.
They haven’t gotten that far or smart as yet (some people thinking putting a touch screen on an appliance is all that is needed to make it “smart”) but I live in hope.