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Just one example of how Berg aims to create a connected home.

Serena Chu
  • 28 february 2014

Designed by Berg, Cloudwash is a prototype washing machine that is connected to a web platform, giving people the option to set up wash loads and purchase detergent all with an app. To test out how appliance connectivity can enhance our home living, the designers of Cloudwash made adjustments to a Zanussi washing machine and intercepted its system controls by inserting an Arduino Mega to communicate the serial data passing back and forth – such reverse engineering provide essential infrastructural information on the machine.

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The communicative network is built using Node.js and MySQL, and serves as a virtual database of each connected machine’s programed state. Initiated events are updated in the database and sent to the paired iOS device with a push notification. Cloudwash can also remind its owners to purchase detergent from Amazon when supply is low.

Even though standard washing machines feature multiple pre-programmed wash cycles, Berg designers found that people only make use of two or three, which led them to create a control system that provides a more practical legend. Cloudwash has three customizable options, which can be configured using the smartphone app.

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While Cloudwash is only in the early stages, it does, however, provide a new look at how the Internet of Things will change domestic life. Cloudwash is looking to discover new ways they can connect products, so if you want to start a conversation, you can contact them directly here. 

Below is a informational video on the washing machine, check it out.

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