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MAY 2017

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Scott Koehler, Dream Kitchen Builders, in Oak Ridge, NC, also sees voice command as being transformational. "Voice is b ecoming the dominant interface," he says. "Imagine that you're working in a kitchen and you need two hands free. You don't want to have to reach for your smartphone. With voice commands, you can ask to turn on the water, music, hood, etc." Koehler envisions that, at some point in the near future, you won't even need a device to accomplish that. "Within five years, I don't think you'll even see a computer or smartphone," he predicts. "It will all be ambient computing, where the presence of a computer won't be visible. I think sequenced commands, where you ask for multiple tasks, are coming up quickly, too." BIGGEST BENEFITS Today's smart and interactive design culture truly speaks to liva- bility, says Kerrie Kelly, ASID, CEO, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab, in Sacramento, CA. "You're at a grocery store and eight people for a dinner party are on their way over," she says. "You can preheat your oven from your smartphone. Interactive features that help take care of everyday chores are what our clients are looking for. Also, appliances that can sync with other smart home devices like Amazon's Alexa allow homeowners to use their voice for added convenience. The smart innovation occurring in today's appliances makes life easier and more efficient so homeowners are able to spend more time with friends and family." Platt also sees the technology as a way to remove stress. "I call it frictionless home living, where technology can take out the daily drudgery of what we have to do every day," he says. alerts and access internal meat temperature. Sub-Zero built-in refrigeration products are also compatible, notifying the owner if the refrigerator door has been left open and allowing them to change the interior setting to the energy-saving "vacation mode" if they'll be out of the house for an extended period of time. Designers indicate that some of the most revolutionary changes are occurring when appliance technology combines with devices such as Amazon's Alexa, which allows hands-free control via voice commands. "Voice command provides the ability to talk freely and get everything done, without having to log onto any device," says Campion Platt, interior designer, Campion Platt, in New York, NY. Jenn-Air's connected appliances are focused on providing purposeful solutions. 'As we continue to expand our connected appliance offerings and collaborate with brands like Nest and Amazon Alexa, we're getting closer to achieving frictionless, bar- rier-free cooking and entertaining,' says Brian Maynard, marketing director. 'Connectivity features also offer the benefit of being able to be upgraded over time, so consumers purchasing our connected wall oven now can be assured that it's 'future-proofed' from early obsolescence.' Photos: Jenn-Air May 2017 • KitchenBathDesign.com 47

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