GE Appliances, Haier Combine Strengths to Bring Smarter IoT Products


Two brands are showcasing their innovations during 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The list of products includes – Countertop Microwave with Scan-to-Cook Technology, GE Appliances Kitchen Hub, Haier America Full-Size Kitchen Suit, Haier Smart Wine Cooler and much more.

Focused on creating a ‘Smarter Home, Better Life,’ global innovation powerhouses, GE Appliances and Haier, are combining their strengths to deliver transformative and time-saving IoT solutions.

At 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the companies are collectively showcasing their range of smart home products that, they claim, save time on common tasks like planning and preparing meals, reordering household items, rewashing forgotten clothes and much more.

“Haier’s U+ platform is the foundation for GE Appliances and Haier connected technologies,” the company said in a press release.

Shawn Stover, vice president, SmartHome Solutions for GE Appliances, shared that in a connected world, there’s still nothing more important than creating real, humane connections with friends and family near and far.

“GE Appliances and Haier rally around this ideal in everything we do by creating opportunities for consumers to spend less time on household tasks and more time on the things that really matter to them,” he said.

Featured Products at CES Include

GE Appliances Kitchen Hub – Claimed to be the first-of-its-kind smart Kitchen Hub, it helps users to improve their cooking skills with thousands of proven recipes and guided cooking; manage everyday tasks, including calendars and shopping lists; and connect with friends and family through live video chat. Consumers can also tap into their favourite music and movies or control lighting and temperatures – all with hands-free control through the Google Assistant.

Haier Smart Refrigerator – It is a smart refrigerator, featuring a 21.5-inch smart screen that scans foods for expiration dates and recommends meals based on the contents of the refrigerator. It is compatible with Amazon Alexa and orders groceries through Amazon Fresh. The product is currently available in China and some European countries.

GE Profile™ Countertop Microwave with Scan-to-Cook Technology – GE Appliances’ scan-to-cook technology ensures perfectly prepared food by connecting with a smartphone to scan barcodes on packaged food and automatically sends the microwave precise instructions for cooking times and power levels. It is compatible with Amazon Alexa and is soon going to be compatible with Google Assistant as well.

Café™ Guided Gourmet Cooking – Developed through a collaboration between GE Appliances and Hestan Smart Cooking, the latest Café induction cooktops and ranges feature Hestan Cue®, an app-guided cooking system with temperature-sensing smart cookware that automatically adjusts the pan temperature as users progress through video-guided recipes.

Casarte Washing Machine – This new machine reads the RFID tag on clothing and QR codes on detergent, and recognises the washer’s location to determine water quality to adjust the amount of water, water temperature, amount of detergent, number of cycles and rinse for the perfect wash.

Haier Vertical Air Conditioner – Claimed to be industry’s first fresh-air, self-cleaning air conditioner, this smart technology allows two levels of air volume for maximum comfort – high volume near the head and low volume for less-cool air around the feet. Also, smart ventilation allows users to continue to enjoy fresh air while the unit is running.

Haier America Full-Size Kitchen Suite – The first-ever full-size suite of connected appliances from Haier America features a sleek, minimalist style with integrated handles, WiFi connectivity, edge-to-edge viewing glass on the ovens and a French-door refrigerator with the maximum capacity in its class. The product is now available in the United States.

The Forge – The newest specialty innovation from FirstBuild, a global co-creation community backed by GE Appliances, the Forge produces impeccable ice spheres in an accessible, compact design to be used by professional bartenders and mixologists – or even the home connoisseur – for a sophisticated bourbon or cocktail experience.

Haier Footwear Care Solutions – New Haier specialty shoe solutions include a shoe washer, smart shoe cabinet and smart shoe bag.

Haier Smart Wine Cooler – Haier is going to unveil a prototype for the world’s first IoT-enabled wine cooler. Leveraging data about more than 800,000 different wines from around the world, the cooler’s smart screen provides users with information about wines, improving their wine knowledge and providing the insight needed to perfectly pair wines with any cuisine. The cooler also allows user to purchase wine directly from more than 100 wineries.

GE Appliances is the pioneer of many industry-first technologies. The company claims to be having the largest suite of smart home appliances, with more than 300 connected models and partnerships with tech brands including Amazon, Google, Apple and Nest.