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Domestic Appliance News

Qualtex Buys Masterpart
Qualtex Buys Masterpart
Beko Unconnected
Beko Unconnected
What Happened At IFA
What Happened At IFA
Qualtex Buys Masterpart

You may have read on the UK Whitegoods forums or heard by other means that sadly Richard Du Bois of Masterpart sadly passed away recently and Masterpart has changed ownership to be now under the control of Qualtex.

We are of course saddened by this news on two fronts and our sincerest condolences to Richard's family and colleagues.

That and the additional sad demise of Masterpart who have been around for a long time.

What Qualtex's plans are for Masterpart, if there are indeed any at all are unknown at this time but the statement issued by the company is as follows:

Qualtex takes over Masterpart

Beko Unconnected

Beko's CEO reckons that people don't have a strong enough reason to use connected appliances.

Beko appliances not connected yetSpeaking at IFA where most other manufacturers seem to have been droning on about the "connected future", Hakan Bulgurlu said he was “a believer” in connected appliances, but also stated that there was “a lot of work to be done”.

He said; “The connected home is obviously a very popular theme – China is leading the way, as Chinese consumers demand connected appliances. But when you ask people who’ve bought a connected appliance if they’ve actually connected it or not, trust me, almost none of them have. This is because there’s no real story – what is the consumer use case?”

“At Beko, we are spending all our energy on trying to understand how we can save people time or make things much easier for them. The way I believe connected appliances will work is, for example, if your washing machine filter is getting clogged, a sensor will send us a message and will send someone to pre-emptively service it, so it doesn’t break down.”

He also cited another example of a dryer knowing what laundry is in a washing machine so it will automatically do the drying for you – the user won’t have to control it. But what we want to know is, how does the load get from the washing machine into the dryer? Or is this just for washer dryers?

Asked what consumers wanted from a smart home he said: “They want it to be secure – what they don’t want is for their appliances to be hacked. For us, that’s the number-one priority.

“I think people will remotely want to see what their appliance is doing and they’ll want to use it when energy costs are low – that kind of use case is coming and that’s what we’re focusing on at Beko.”

At least one manufacturer appears to be taking security seriously as most don't seem to bothered about it.

Now, if they can just get past the fact that most use cases are bunkum, get around the obsolescence through software being abandoned and get people to care, then maybe connected appliances might all go swimmingly.

But we doubt it.

What Happened At IFA

It’s that time of the year when a good chunk o the appliance industry shuffles off to Germany to display all their latest models and tech to the trade so, what’s going on in 2017/18?

The answer is, a we suspected as we didn’t bother going again this year, not much.

From what we’ve seen it’s all been about connected appliances, some of them just totally off the wall whacky!

LG

Still trying to sell people on the idea of their “styler” thing that nobody asked for but, we got anyway. It’s okay we guess, if you have space and money to spare to waste on something that seems to be next to useless.

lg styler

Oh and their “Twin Wash” system where you get a baby washing machine slung under a normal one.

Or, you could instead just buy a compact washer.

Either of these will set you back £1500 or more.

Samsung

Not to be outdone and, even with their boss currently detained by Korean authorities on bribery and corruption charges Samsung plate the “connected” card, everywhere.

samsung weird washing machine

And that’d be fine but they also tend to obsolete parts pretty early and we’re quite sure that the people buying into this and, investing ton of cash, wont’ be too pleased about not being able to repair it a few years down the road.

But they’ve come up with the zany idea of seating the drum and backplate to create a contrasting movement that increases agitation and cleans clothes better.

Perhaps we should send Samsung a copy of the HLCC guidelines about agitation heels as we’d bet their new cycles wont’ be HLCC approved which means, they might wreck some garments.

Good one Sammy!

The see-through show machine is pretty though don’t you think.

Other than that Samsung were just punting the same old, same old, Add A Wash and so on.

Panasonic

Rumours are that they’ve stopped washing machine s in the EU.

They had a clothes folding robot though.

That’s ten years away (at least) and will likely cost a fortune.

Candy Hoover

And Candy has… an oven with a screen on the door… ta da!

candy connected oven

Now let’s take a step back here and think.. electronics… high heat… steam… rough environment?

No, it’s really not a good idea.

But just look at how much oven space it eats up, seriously, you might be able to bake a couple of muffins in there but you sure ain’t going to be on the Great British Bake off anytime soon!

Miele

Miele have an oven that is a microwave that isn’t a microwave!

Miele stealth oven

At last, something that’s actually new as it uses radio waves (seriously, we’re not joking) to cook for that Miele promise will be perfect every time but then, Miele would say that.

Don’t get too exited just yet though as it’s not to be launched yet that we can see and with an expected price of about £7-8000 we don’t think there will be a queue to buy one either.

Bosch

Bosch meanwhile made a bit of a fuss over their new X-Spect thing.

Okay so this is a bit new (sorta) and a bit of a departure from Bosch as it's not an appliance but a device like a barcode scanner that you hold up to stains, it scans them and tells people how to sort those out.

bosch x spect

Now we are old fashioned here in some regards but, why would anyone need this? Or, let's put that more accurately, why would anyone pay for it? After all, how long will be be before some bright spark invents a phone app that does much the same thing?

All questions we thought of and Bosch has an answer as it says this thing will also be able to scan food so you know your peaches are ripe and so on. Or scan a barcode and set your oven up to cook stuff, so long as you've got aBosch, Neff or Siemens one at least!

We get it. We think it plumbs new depths of human laziness or perhaps stupidity but, we get it.

But the crucial thing here is the price as, if this thing costs more than a fairly disposable gadget, we doubt anyone will buy it.

Round Up

So that’s pretty much all the big news from IFA this year, such as it is and as we bang on about all the time, yet again, not really any moves forward really.

Sure, control systems, platforms and probably a bunch of other stuff that people that actually buy these things care little about but apart from that, very little to no real innovation.

And, from what we've seen here, about the most justifiable reason for flying to Berlin would be to get some Currywurst!