Home Connect from BSH will connect all your appliances to your mobile device

Home Connect

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 – see slide below for a look – 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?

Home Connect

Richard Devine

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Home Connect from BSH will connect all your appliances to your mobile device

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..."is there anything specific you'd love to be able to do with your home appliances connected to your mobile devices?"

NO! This seems very useless to me. starting my washer is useless unless I am there to put clothes in first and get them out when it is done.
Do I want to shoot ice across the kitchen floor when I am not home?
I can't think of anything other than a complete edge case where this would be remotely useful. And the edge cases I can think of could be handled if the appliance had a timer function. (Like, I want to start the washer so that it completes shortly before I get home from work. Put the clothes in there in the morning, and have it start an hour before I am supposed to be home.)

NICE! It's like DLNA, NFC, bluetooth and wifi.
Yes, we already have "a protocol which connects everything in a open standard way".
How this will be different?

I would just like to be notified when the washer/dryer are done. Also to have a "3 sea-shells" app so we can have toilet/bidets in one. Bonus points who can guess the reference.