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.