You may have noticed from previous blog posts that the team here at Battenhall have a sweet spot for the Internet of Things and the endless possibilities this development brings. The most recent news that got us quite excited is that of LG launching fridges, washers and cookers that chat.
As reported by the BBC, the new text chat service allows fridge owners to see what food is inside as well as controlling other home appliances. Bad news is, the app can only be used in South Korea for now, but plans are to extend it to US and UK markets soon after. LG's HomeChat appliances communicate with their users via Line, the popular chat app in Asia, and has features such as a Freshness Tracker that can tell you about items that have passed their expiration dates and remote washing machine activation. Samsung also has its rivalSmart Home service in Asia, which has similar features.
It will be interesting to see how hacked homes develop further, as some experts think products that offer these features will only appeal to a niche audience. In the meantime, we also had a go at making appliances chat: every time our office beer fridge opens on a late Friday afternoon, this is automatically tweeted by our friendly BattenBot, the Battenhall Bot. Sadly tweets cannot yet force open the beer fridge... we're working on that!
The BBC, which recently trialled its Instagram news service InstaFax, is now trialling further experimental news services to cover the news agenda in India, where the general elections are taking place.
BBC India has launched channels on WhatsApp and WeChat, using them for news gathering and content promotion in the region. Due to the popularity of the messaging apps, a global audience has tuned in, as you might expect...
To find the BBC on WeChat search for userID: BBCIndiaNews. For WhatsApp add the following number to your contacts: +919650801273. You will then receive a few stories daily. We've been following and the channels they are being run in Hindi and English language.