LG has begun rolling out smart appliances that can be controlled via text messages. You can interact with LG's smart appliances via HomeChat, a messaging service that utilizes Natural Language Processing to translate your text messages into actionable commands. The HomeChat service uses Line messaging app to communicate with appliances, and comes with a Quick Button feature that allows you to access an appliance's most commonly used functions. Initially, LG is rolling out a HomeChat-compatible smart washing machine, refrigerator and microwave oven.
The texting feature allows you to remotely start your washing machine's wash cycle by texting, "Start washing cycle." You can also get real-time updates from the appliances by texting, "What are you doing?" LG's smart refrigerator, meanwhile, comes with a camera through which you can view the contents of your fridge from your smartphone or tablet. The fridge also comes with a Smart Manager utility that offers recommendations based on the items stored in the fridge. You even get a Freshness Tracker feature that allows you to keep a track of expiration dates of various items in the fridge.
LG's smart microwave oven can offer recipe suggestions and send alerts when new recipes are available. The South Korean unveiled the appliances at CES 2014 and says they will be available in the U.S. market soon, but hasn't mentioned any pricing details. For now, they're only available in South Korea.
Samsung has a similar Smart Home service through which you can monitor home appliances, TVs and mobile devices. The Smart Home app allows you to monitor control multiple devices simultaneously from a single location.