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August 8, 2013

Chores cut by technology

LG survey predicts future household appliances.

By Ben Sullivan

Research claims that people in Britain used to spend up to 63 hours a week on housework in 1953, but improvements in technology around the home has meant that figure has declined rapidly since then, with chores expected to be a thing of the past by 2033.

Washing machines, dishwashers, tumble dryers and vacuum cleaners have helped us all out with our housework, so what appliances are in store for the future?

In an LG survey, respondents said they expected the technology of the future to include a fridge that placed online shopping orders, a washing machine that can be controlled by a mobile phone and a smart oven that detects when food is ready.

16 to 24-year-olds were the most optimistic for the future, and were the most likely to embrace technology that incorporated "machine-to-machine" communication, said the survey.

Dawn Stockell, from LG, said that "Today’s discerning consumers expect constant advances in technology," and said the company was already producing some futuristic gadgets. A South Korean have a new robotic vacuum that uses cameras and sensors to navigate, and a fridge is being prototyped that suggests recipes based on its contents and knows when food is going out of date.

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