Panasonic Is Building Its NFC-enabled Smart Home Appliance Family
Japanese manufacturer Panasonic has been doing some pretty cool things with its smart home appliance line. It has announced a new Android app for home automation alongside a range of smart appliance, including refrigerators, air conditioners, and healthcare products.
The new system is called Panasonic Smart App, using NFC functionality to allow users to remotely operate and monitor their Panasonic smart home appliances via Android smartphone. In fact, Panasonic has already provided NFC-enabled steam ovens and rice cookers since this June, enabling users to program settings and transfer information such as recipes.
The company mentioned that it will be releasing a Smart App-compatible washing machine in Japan on September 25th, with a refrigerator and air conditioner coming in the following months. Using NFC-enabled smartphones, users can interact with these devices in a number of different ways.
Unlike most of the appliances, the air conditioner will be Internet-connected, allowing users to control it from outside the home. Since the air conditioner will carry an Internet-connected feature, it’s compatible with current iPhones, while other equipment will be excluded, due to the current iPhone’s lack of NFC.
According to Panasonic, the app will be available free of charge from the Club Panasonic website. To use the service, customers need to register as a user of Panasonic smart appliances and download the app.
Unfortunately, the company left no details on international availability, which means it may focus on the domestic market only for the time being.