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Appliance maker integrates products with Nest

June 26, 2014
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Appliance maker integrates products with Nest
Nest co-founder Matt Rogers at the "Works with Nest" launch event in San Francisco. via fb.com

Laundry machines are about to get smarter thanks to one appliance manufacturer’s partnership with Nest, the company that developed the Nest Learning Thermostat.

As a participant in the “Works with Nest” program, Whirlpool Corp. announced it would leverage Nest application programming interfaces to create a connected home experience that is purposeful and thoughtful, starting with the laundry category.

The Works with Nest program is the next step, or rather a giant leap forward in home automation.

According to Nest’s website, “Works with Nest makes it possible for Nest devices to securely interact with the things you already use every day, both inside and outside of your home. Because when we connect these different parts of your life, we can work behind the scenes to deliver personalized comfort, safety and energy savings.”

Whirlpool’s first product collaboration isa Smart Front Load Washer and Dryer pair that is integrated with the Nest Learning Thermostat.

Available through The Home Depot online store, the laundry pair connects seamlessly with the Nest Learning Thermostat to leverage Nest's home and away modes.

Both the washer and dryer can keep clothes fresh if a cycle ends while the consumer is not home. The dryer can also switch into a slightly longer, more energy-efficient cycle if the consumer is away.

In addition, for people who are enrolled in Nest's Rush Hour Rewards program through a participating energy provider, the washer and dryer can automatically delay the start of a cycle during high-demand energy periods.

Consumers can connect their Nest account to the washer and dryer through the Whirlpool Smart Appliance App available on the Google Play and App store.

The Works with Nest program allows like-minded companies — those that share the belief that when products work together they can create a richer consumer experience, beyond a single manufacturer — to develop products for a connected home experience.

“Our goal has always been to bring thoughtfulness to your home and life — and that's what the Works with Nest program is all about,” said Matt Rogers, Nest founder and vice president of engineering. “We’re excited to work with iconic brands like Whirlpool to create new experiences in the home and help save people energy.”

“The products Whirlpool designs adapt to consumers’ lives and sense what they need — the way they cook, clean and entertain,” said Brett Dibkey, vice president and general manager of Integrated Business Units for Whirlpool.

He said the collaboration with Nest is “part of a corporate strategy to build relationships with companies like Nest that demonstrate our shared passion for creating consumer-inspired products.”

Whirlpool is the world's leading global manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, with annual sales of approximately $19 billion in 2013.

The company markets Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Brastemp, Consul, Bauknecht and other major brand names.

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