It's safe to say that most people aspire to eating delicious, nutritious, and elegantly prepared meals; but since many of us lack the requisite skills in the kitchen, "cooking dinner" often means throwing a a frozen entrée in the microwave. Whirlpool might soon have an answer for culinarily challenged folk like us, thanks to a new partnership with the food-prep technology company Innit. Whirlpool will start consumer trials with Innit's smart-appliance technology embedded in its high-end Jenn-Air connected ovens, with retail availability by the first half of 2017. In addition to Wi-Fi adapters, the ovens will have sensors that can automate the cooking process. A companion app with recipes will guide the home chef with step-by-step food-prep instructions.
According to Emerson, makers of this UP500W Sensi Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat, their customers save up to 33% in energy costs every year using programmed heating and cooling schedules. The Sensi thermostat makes it easy to remotely control and schedule the comfort of your home using your phone, tablet or PC. You can start with a preloaded schedule that reflects common daily patterns and quickly adapt it to your unique schedule, or you can use the intuitive swipe controls to build a customized daily schedule in seconds. When your schedule changes, the app gives you continuous control to make adjustments, from across the room or across the world. And because it doesn't require a "C-wire" in most applications, Sensi works with most heating and cooling systems in the US and Canada.
Delta Air Lines passengers can now track the journey of their checked luggage in real time on the carrier's mobile app. Thanks to high-tech tags, you'll receive a notification when your bag is loaded on the airplane, when it's taken off and which carousel to go to for pickup. Delta spent $50 million for RFID, or radio-frequency identification, on bag tags it rolled out in April, according to a news release. The airline was looking for a better way than bar-code scans to manage the estimated 120 million bags it handles each year. Here's how it works: A chip in the tag IDs the bag and sends notifications to passengers who use the Track on Map option on the Fly Delta app.
The days when airlines lose luggage, creating travel headaches for passengers, could be numbered. Airlines could dramatically reduce the number of bags that are mishandled if they add tiny radio frequency devices to their luggage tags. That was the conclusion from a study offered by an airline technology company and an industry trade group. The use of radio frequency identification devices (RFIDs) means luggage could be successfully tracked 99% of the time, saving the airline industry 3 billion over the next seven years, the study said. Most airlines currently print bar codes on luggage tags.