Whirlpool just announced at CES 2018 that it will be become the first appliance maker to fully integrate with the Apple Watch. More than 20 of its WiFi enabled appliances will be supported by the Apple Watch app initially at the launch of the app in early 2018.
The press release states:
Whirlpool Corporation is taking its smart home appliance capabilities to new heights with Apple Watch. Rolling out in early 2018, connected appliances from Whirlpool Corporation will allow consumers to remotely communicate with ovens, washers and dryers via Apple Watch. The collaboration marks the first time an appliance maker has connected its products with Apple Watch and its capabilities.
Consumers will be able to remotely communicate with their appliances through the Whirlpool app on Apple Watch in a variety of ways:
Oven: Consumers will be able to see the current oven status and control commands during an active cycle.
Washer: Alongside status updates, users can control the wash options of an active cycle. Whether it be a normal wash, delicates, or brights, consumers can adjust an active cycle on the fly via their Apple Watch.
Dryer: Consumers can control and detect if a cycle has started, understanding how much time remains before the cycle is complete.
This is an exciting development, and we hope that other appliance makers will follow with similar apps soon. Integrating household appliances with the Apple Watch, make them more convenient, accessible, and simply more connected.