BlueTooth Phone Monitored and Controlled Appliances

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One of the first computer interactive appliances was a refrigerator which kept track of and informed of the need to purchase certain grocery items.

Today, bluetooth connectivity is being applied to many different appliances, for setup, control and monitoring.

I recently purchased my first such appliance when I bought my VeSync Cosori CS130-A0 Multifunction Smart Air Fryer Toaster Oven. The smart part is that it allows communication via bluetooth with an app on my cell phone for setup, control and monitoring. I must confess that I have yet to use that functionality.

How do members feel about smart bluetooth connectivity appliances? Are they wanted? Are there members who use them?
 

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My sous vide device has bluetooth and an app controlled from iPhone. I don't use that feature and manually use the controls on the cooker itself.

IMHO Bluetooth is an unreliable technology with hopeless connectivity continuity (how often does your wireless Bluetooth mouse disconnect a day, or your airpods can't be discovered) and any device that needs it will inherently have a lifespan limited by as long as the controlling app (iOS, Android/whatever) is supported.

It amazes me that we haven't got something better in wider use.
 

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Yeah, bluetooth reliability is not the true reason that I don't use the bluetooth app or intend to. I just prefer the hands on approach.
 

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IMHO Bluetooth is an unreliable technology with hopeless connectivity continuity (how often does your wireless Bluetooth mouse disconnect a day, or your airpods can't be discovered) and any device that needs it will inherently have a lifespan limited by as long as the controlling app (iOS, Android/whatever) is supported.

It amazes me that we haven't got something better in wider use.
I am genuinely surprised, because this has not been my Bluetooth experience. Bluetooth standards have been quietly improving over the years and I find that most devices, once paired, stay connected within a 10-15 meter radius and reconnect easily when back in range. As they say however, your mileage may vary.
 

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One of the first computer interactive appliances was a refrigerator which kept track of and informed of the need to purchase certain grocery items.

Today, bluetooth connectivity is being applied to many different appliances, for setup, control and monitoring.

I recently purchased my first such appliance when I bought my VeSync Cosori CS130-A0 Multifunction Smart Air Fryer Toaster Oven. The smart part is that it allows communication via bluetooth with an app on my cell phone for setup, control and monitoring. I must confess that I have yet to use that functionality.

How do members feel about smart bluetooth connectivity appliances? Are they wanted? Are there members who use them?
My new Samsung tv has Bixby to ask anything, exactly like my phone, just it's on my tv now.
My one upstairs which is new as well also has it but I dont use it as I'm downstairs. Most of the day.
I'm enjoying my interactions with Bixby downstairs though.

Russ
 

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I had to feed my sons cat recently and I opened the garage door by keypad. As I walked into the garage my son spoke to me through a speaker in his roof. His is all wireless via his phone.

Russ
 

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My garage door opener is Bluetooth-enabled. I set it up when we first got it and haven't used it since, and that's been over a year ago.

My wife's recently-removed cardiac monitor also worked through Bluetooth - her phone constantly recorded her heartbeat for over two years, then transmitted the data to her cardiologist and to the monitor's central clinic in Tennessee or somewhere.

Personally, I don't feel much need for connected kitchen appliances. Maybe I'd like it if I tried it, but I'm lacking that motivation.
 

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My garage door opener is Bluetooth-enabled. I set it up when we first got it and haven't used it since, and that's been over a year ago.

My wife's recently-removed cardiac monitor also worked through Bluetooth - her phone constantly recorded her heartbeat for over two years, then transmitted the data to her cardiologist and to the monitor's central clinic in Tennessee or somewhere.

Personally, I don't feel much need for connected kitchen appliances. Maybe I'd like it if I tried it, but I'm lacking that motivation.

My CPAP machine is wifi enabled and has data retrieved by a central monitoring system which then reports it back, via wifi, to an app on my cell and to the pulmonary specialists at the VA hospital. Your wife's cardio app, likewise, probably used wifi, not bluetooth. Bluetooth cannot communicate with her cardiologist who would be too distant. Only wifi can do that sort of thing.
 

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My CPAP machine is wifi enabled and has data retrieved by a central monitoring system which then reports it back, via wifi, to an app on my cell and to the pulmonary specialists at the VA hospital. Your wife's cardio app, likewise, probably used wifi, not bluetooth. Bluetooth cannot communicate with her cardiologist who would be too distant. Only wifi can do that sort of thing.
Wifi for the transmission, Bluetooth for the local connection.
 
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I'm a huge fan of smart devices and home automation, but for the life of me I can't see the point of most wifi- or bluetooth-connected kitchen gadgets and appliances. I've seen wifi connected ovens and dishwashers and often wondered what's the point? Ok so you can check on your phone how long is left on the programme.....but if you're out at the time then what are you going to do with that information? I suppose in the case of the ovens you can turn it on remotely so its pre-heated and ready to cook when you get home....but my oven only takes 5 minutes to heat up on boost so it all seems a bit overkill.

The wireless meat thermometer, on the other hand, does look pretty good - if you don't have an oven with a built in temperature probe then you're left with either a probe that trails a wire out the door (which must affect the seal) or a bluetooth one with a dedicated receiver.....so it makes sense to use your phone as the receiver. I noticed today that Costco have them on offer at the moment, but as my oven has a plug-in meat probe its not something I need right now.

There are some really good uses for bluetooth gadgets though (its just most of the kitchen ones I think are pointless), for instance I'm going
to be getting a bluetooth LPG monitoring system for the motorhome gas bottles soon - much more accurate than relying on the bottle gauges.
 

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The wireless meat thermometer, on the other hand, does look pretty good - if you don't have an oven with a built in temperature probe then you're left with either a probe that trails a wire out the door (which must affect the seal) or a bluetooth one with a dedicated receiver.....so it makes sense to use your phone as the receiver. I noticed today that Costco have them on offer at the moment, but as my oven has a plug-in meat probe its not something I need right now.

Unlike most Bluetooth cooking gadgets, my meat thermometer actually does make sense. Wired probe thermometers are a PITA. BTW, I use mine for grilling (BBQ) as well as in the oven. With the thermometer outside in the meat, I can monitor the temperature inside my house. It tells me both internal meat temperature, and the ambient temperature in the grill -- very important for low-and-slow cooks (smoking).

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