Android app will let you control your Panasonic appliances

The new Panasonic Smart App will allow Android smartphone owners to remotely operate their Panasonic smart home appliances.

Owners of certain Panasonic smart appliances will soon be able to manage them remotely via their Android phones.

The consumer electronics company has cooked up its own Panasonic Smart App. Android users can remotely turn on and control any compatible appliance, potentially cutting energy costs. Users can even monitor their energy savings through the app.

Included among the smart home appliances are Panasonic air conditioners, refrigerators, and health care devices. New appliances slated to hit the market in Japan on September 25 are Panasonic's X Series room air conditioners, a top-mount refrigerator, and drum-type washer-dryers. The new air conditions can be controlled via an iPhone as well as Android phones, Panasonic said.

Health care products include a body composition monitor, a calorie meter, and a blood pressure monitor. Using the Panasonic Smart App, users can even track their weight and calories.

The free app will be available to consumers in Japan at the end of September. No word from Panasonic on when the app and the appliances might debut in other countries.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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