Modern kitchens have a way to go until food replicators and self-cleaning countertops become the standard in our homes, but until then, kitchen technology advancements with tablets and smartphones are as cutting edge as it gets. Many of these developments take the form of apps. Before we delve into the details of Control4’s new smart appliance app, we’ve included a few of our other favorite apps for those wielding more than just spatulas in the kitchen.

iPhone:

Foodily – content curator from many different cooking and food sites
How to Cook Everything – Assembled by NY Times columnist, lots of great visuals
The Better Bacon Book – dedicated to smoky swine, ‘nuff said

Droid:

Recipe Search – Easily categorized, expansive selections
Calorie Counter – Great for those seeking to lose weight
KnowledgeBook: Cooking – Measurement conversions, obscure cooking terms and more make this a valuable kitchen app

While these kitchen apps are incredibly useful for getting information, they don’t actually control anything or provide any sort of technological innovation. As kitchen appliances progress, however, so too will our ability to interact with them. The newest example is the Control4 Smart Appliance App and Smart Appliance Module, developed by Card Access for Sub-Zero, Inc., and Wolf Appliance, Inc., the industry leaders in premium refrigeration and cooking equipment.

The Smart Appliance Module is engineered by Card Access using their high-performance wireless networking design capabilities combined with Control4 ZigBee® PRO mesh networking. Their unique combination of superior radio design, firmware and Control4® driver capabilities enables the Smart Appliance Module to easily and completely integrate into a Control4 system and enhance functionality of select Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. All new Sub-Zero built-in refrigerator models and Wolf E-Series wall ovens are manufactured to accommodate the aftermarket installation of the new Smart Appliance Module.  Existing models must be outfitted with the Module after receiving an update from a Sub-Zero and Wolf factory-certified service technician. The Smart Appliance App is downloadable for free to any Control4 system to allow homeowners to manage energy, create actionable alerts, and review appliance diagnostics.

Automation for Kitchen Appliances

Some of the functions the new Control4 Smart Appliance App can manage:

  • Increase ice production prior to entertaining
  • Save energy in vacation mode
  • Text alerts when oven pre-heats or water filters expire
  • Sabbath mode for religious observances
  • Provide diagnostic efficiency and enhanced service support for connected appliances
  • Provide Error Codes and alerts if any maintenance is needed, which the customer can then provide directly to Sub-Zero Wolf factory certified service.
  • Send/receive general service requests which results in faster diagnosis and response time

While currently only available with specific Sub Zero and Wolf models, the Smart Appliance App and Smart Appliance Module for Control4® systems are now available through the Control4 dealer network.

Our tablets and smartphones can’t quite fry an egg or empty the dishwasher yet, but re-filling the ice tray and increasing energy savings are great steps towards a more tech-savvy kitchen of the future.

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