We've all done it. Leaving the house in a hurry in the morning, you rush out the door and set off toward a long day at work. Then, when you're about halfway there, you realize that you forgot to turn your AC down. Unless you go back, it will be cooling your completely empty house for the day, making your apartment very frosty come dinner, and giving you a very high electric bill at the end of the month.
Well, soon enough, fixing this problem will be as easy as pulling your smartphone out of your pocket. Panasonic just announced a new line of home appliances that can be controlled via NFC, or near field communication, which is a technology that allows devices within close proximity to one another to communicate.
The app that comes with the Panasonic X series air conditioner model, which is popular in Asia, lets its user control the temperature of the house from anywhere, as the air conditioner hooks up to home Wi-Fi, and can be controlled remotely through the app.
Right now, these app-enabled appliances only work with Android smartphones, because no other devices come with NFC capability. But rumor has it that Apple is going to add this technology to its next iPhone, and if that happens, we can only guess that Panasonic would would make an iPhone app too.
I really like this idea. Though it is similar to some smart thermostats already on the market, this is the first full line of appliances that can be controlled through a smartphone app. And it would be so nice to remotely decide to turn on my air conditioner while I am on my way home, so that I can walk into an already cooled down house, without having to plan ahead at all.