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Smart Washing Machine (LG Electronics)

Price: Not available (product debuts late 2012)

Digital Smarts: The company is hoping to make a splash with its “Smart ThinQ” technology. Not only can appliances be controlled remotely from smartphones and TVs, the appliances and digital devices communicate with one another. For example, as you watch your favorite program on TV, you can get laundry-cycle updates on your TV screen. There’s no need to go to the machine.

When you’re out of the house and worried about your laundry, just pull out your smartphone, which will alert you if there’s a problem like a water input issue. And if you poured in the fabric softener and changed your mind, that’s not a problem. Just adjust the washing machine controls. The washers are scheduled to hit retailers in the third quarter.

Photo: LG Electronics