Artificial Intelligence in the Home
By now most of us have seen those LCD big screens on the front of many new refrigerators. So you can make a shopping list while you are standing at your refrigerator and send it to your smart phone or tablet so you have it with you at the store. It will also play music, check the weather, and more. With Artificial Intelligence (AI) coming to the home and the kitchen in particular you haven’t seen anything yet.
LG is one company that has invested heavily in AI for the home. Imagine you ask an Amazon like device named CLOI. Since the device would communicate with, or be your alarm, it knows when you wake up or are planning too and would start your coffee brewing.
You walk towards the kitchen and ask what your schedule is like for the day. It tells you that you will be playing tennis in the afternoon, and that the neighbors are coming for dinner at six.
Now for the really helpful parts. Based on patterns of behavior you have exhibited in the past the AI based in the cloud knows that you wash you tennis clothes as soon as you come home from playing and what cycle you use on the washer and dryer. Since CLOI has learned this the little device tells you that it has preset your washer and dryer for the sports cycle.
You ask CLOI what is for dinner. CLOI has learned from the refrigerator that you purchased shellfish, steak and chicken when you went shopping last. It will automatically check the expiration date on those products and others and make suggestions based on what you have in refrigerator. It may even know that your neighbor has a shellfish allergy you told CLOI about but have forgotten. Checking the contents of the refrigerator CLOI knows you have some sliced ham and cheese on hand and suggest Chicken Cordon Bleu for dinner. For hors d'oeuvres CLOI suggests stuffed Mushrooms.
Next CLOI may check your wine cooler and suggest that you pick up a California Chardonnay which pairs well with butter, chicken breasts, garlic and pepper all of which are in the entrée.
Sometime before dinner starts CLOI will start the air filter system, adjust the temperature settings on the air conditioner or heater and start playing soft background music.
While this may sound like science fiction these products do exist and where demonstrated at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV in 2018. While the products are not all on consumer shelfs yet watch for them and others like these in the near future.