Home is where we can finally relax, put up our feet and tank up on energy again. If only there weren’t all the daily tasks that have to be done in addition to everything else: cooking, doing the dishes, washing and drying the laundry, ironing, vacuuming – valuable time that could be put to better use with the right support.
It’s great when home appliances do what they should: cool, heat, wash, dry and do other chores. It’s even better when they do more, such as protect the environment, save valuable resources, communicate with each other and automatically complete their tasks – as is already the case in smart homes. At BSH, consumers are our key priority. We develop innovations that simplify life, and satisfy needs that go beyond that. Ultimately, responsibility to our customers is what drives us. Just like our own goal of always being first when it comes to the products of our brands.
After an action-packed day we often yearn for quality time in our cozy home. Our home is important for recharging our batteries for the next day.
The only drawback is when cooking, cleaning and washing feel like unattractive household chores. Imagine what it would be like if these chores suddenly felt easy thanks to the support of a personal kitchen assistant. And what’s more, your personal kitchen assistant connects you, inspires you and offers you a simple way to learn something new:
Mykie (short for “My kitchen elf”) is a concept for a personal kitchen assistant.
Mykie was launched as a concept at IFA 2016 with the aim of openly listening to whether this idea and scope might be interesting appealing for our consumers, and whether it would be interesting to pursue it further. Mykie, a Home Connect concept, is a smart companion that communicates with you with its face, voice, projection, display and a changing color ring.
Would you like to learn something new in a simple way? Mykie will help you.
Mykie can inspire you to cook or bake recipes based on the ingredients you have at home. If you’ve run out of something, he helps you place an online order at your nearest delivery store. Feel free to learn new tips and tricks on how to better prepare or simply relax with ease of mind and let Mykie help you with step-by-step video recipe guidance. While your hands are sticky from cutting onions, you can talk with Mykie and he follows your demands and offers additional information, e. g. displays the weather forecast. Once you’re done with the cooking, it’s intuitive for you to find a suitable dishwasher program and start your robot vacuum cleaner. Mykie can even provide information about stock market prices or play tunes.
Whether you’re at home or out, Mykie will connect you. Mykie is part of the Home Connect ecosystem, which means you have both simplified operation of Home Connect appliances and can also access services from partners that offer their solution on the open Home Connect platform.
As a robot with a friendly and helping personality, Mykie can enrich your daily life and bring a lighthearted approach to household chores.
Imagine if the lights in your living room blinked every time your washing cycle ended? This and many other creative solutions have been made possible with IFTTT.
IFTTT, or If This Then That, is an official Home Connect partner. It’s a service that allows the consumer to connect and control their Home Connect appliances within their own personal Internet of Things. The name – If This Then That – refers to the fact that IFTTT enables the consumer to use an applet to trigger a certain response from their appliances if something specific happens, with ‘this’ being the trigger and ‘that’ being the reaction. For example, every time the Home Connect washing machine finishes a cycle it’s logged on a spreadsheet so that over time consumers can calculate their energy savings.
This is just one of the countless personalized applets available. IFTTT offers an attractive Internet of Things service that is accessible globally on iOS, Android and the website, and has a huge array of really exciting partners on board.
More than 500 IFTTT services are currently available! Home Connect also offers many different services. Many more have been created and shared by other users, but there is no limit to creativity. An example at BSH: You can use IFTTT to tell your Home Connect oven to switch itself off as soon as you leave the house, or connect your Nest smoke alarm with your oven so that the oven will be switched off if the alarm goes off.