LAS VEGAS —
Haier America is joining this year’s appliance
bandwagon at International CES by showcasing its
U-Home smart-home concept at its Central Hall booth.
The platform was created in 2006 to provide end users
with networked products and services, which the company
regards as the trend for future home appliances.
Presently available in China only, the U-, or Ubiquitous-
Home, platform allows consumers “to connect
with the world while at home and to connect with their
home while away,” Haier said. To date, U-Home’s appliance
roster includes integrated refrigerators, air conditioners
and washers equipped with controls that allow
customers to communicate with, operate and retrieve
information from the products remotely via the Internet,
mobile communications and fixed phone networks.
Developed by Haier’s U-Home Labs group, the complete
networked home system also includes lighting
and curtain controls, multimedia entertainment, security
alarms and environmental monitoring, the company said.