Whirlpool's Nest-Connected Washer and Dryer Run When Power Is Cheaper

If you think the only benefit to a fully-connected smarthome is getting notifications on your phone when someone is breaking into your house, you're missing the bigger picture. Whirlpool is introducing a connected washer and dryer that can talk to your Nest thermostat so it knows when you're home and when you're away… » 1/04/15 8:00am 1/04/15 8:00am

Whirlpool's New Dryer Recycles Hot Humid Air So It Doesn't Need a Vent

With a breakthrough that will no doubt be lauded by every apartment dweller who has to trudge to a laundromat to clean their clothes, Whirlpool's new HybridCare Heat Pump dryer is actually able to recycle its own hot exhaust which not only makes it more energy-efficient, it also means it doesn't need to vent all that… » 12/17/14 4:20pm 12/17/14 4:20pm

Mother Takes A Holiday: Selling Women's Liberation With Technology

The 30-minute 1952 film Mother Takes a Holiday was produced by the Whirlpool Corporation to sell washers and dryers. Whether it achieved this goal or not I really don't know, but it's a fascinating artifact of post-war techno-utopian thinking, slathered with a healthy dose of sexism. » 10/23/14 8:00pm 10/23/14 8:00pm

Delivery Man vs. Machine: A Fight for the Future of Laundry

I hate doing laundry. I hate stuffing the musky-smelling threads into a machine. I hate pouring in the soap. I hate folding it, when it's done. I hate the whole dance. So when I heard about two major innovations in the laundry-doing arena, I got excited—perhaps a little too excited. » 9/12/14 4:15pm 9/12/14 4:15pm

A Home Dry Cleaner That Refreshes Your Clothes in Just Ten Minutes

The Swash is being pitched as a sort of personal dry cleaning machine that promises to refresh clothes in just ten minutes. But instead of the toxic chemicals often used at your local dry cleaner, it runs on disposable detergent pods. » 7/10/14 2:00pm 7/10/14 2:00pm

NASA releases spectacular X-ray image of an entire spiral galaxy

This is The Whirlpool—the common name of M51, a spiral galaxy estimated to be 50,000 to 100,000 light years across. The purple dots that make it look like the biggest neon sign in the Universe are X-ray sources as seen by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. » 6/10/14 8:56pm 6/10/14 8:56pm

The Perfect Microwave Listens to Popcorn Popping So It Never Burns

Tossing a bag of popcorn in the microwave is much easier than dragging out the hot air popper, except that you have to watch it like a hawk to make sure it doesn't burn. Alternatively, you can swap out your dated microwave for this new model from Whirlpool that actually listens to the popcorn as it pops to make sure… » 2/27/14 6:00pm 2/27/14 6:00pm

This Beautiful Design Finally Fulfills the Washer's Round-Machine…

Could sharp, pointy corners and box-like form factors join faux-wood finishes in the industrial design graveyard? Bauknecht, Whirlpool's European brand, has collaborated with German designer Arman Emami to create this stunning round washing machine that looks like it belongs front and center in your living room—not… » 9/24/12 11:50am 9/24/12 11:50am

Whirlpool Bath Tub With OLED TV Folds Into Basin

Rub-a-dub-dub, it's Whirlpool's Sub-Tub concept. Perfect for small flats in imaginary-land, the OLED TV lid folds down for access to the basin and mirror. Check it out: » 6/08/10 5:25am 6/08/10 5:25am

Whirlpool Kitchen is Eco-Friendly, Recycles Heat, Water

This new Whirlpool concept is an attempt to tackle some of the rampant energy and resource wasting that goes on in the average kitchen. How many times have you heated something up in the oven, and then wondered whether anything useful can be done with the spare heat once you've finished cooking? Okay, maybe that's… » 3/17/08 8:03am 3/17/08 8:03am

Whirlpool Plug-and-Play Refrigerator Has Docks for iPod, Photo Frames…

Whirlpool's latest tech for their refrigerator line is based on their "centralpark" feature, which is a essentially dock that lets you plug in a bunch of different gadgets into the big gadget that holds your food. Among the things that you can dock are the Brandmotion iPod Speaker system, which withstands "the… » 1/05/08 2:48pm 1/05/08 2:48pm

Whirlpool's Espresso Refrigerator Makes Your Coffee, Stops Childhood…

It may be a bit too early for freshly drafted beer from a HomePub fridge, but it is never too early for caffeine. Thanks to Whirlpool's Espresso refrigerator, you can now get your xanthine alkaloid-based fix any time of the day or night, fresh out of your fridge. The multitasking food cool closet boasts Whirlpool's… » 10/01/07 7:00am 10/01/07 7:00am

Ceiva 8-Inch Digital Picture Frame Now $2,248, Comes with Fridge

Digital-picture frame pioneer Ceiva is jumping the gun on Whirlpool's latest refrigerator announcement, called "centralpark" I believe. The concept has been shown off before, but this is its first production application: it's got a modular interface at the top, and Ceiva (and presumably others) have built something to… » 9/26/07 10:28pm 9/26/07 10:28pm

Whirlpool Centralpark Connection: Refrigerator as Data Hub,…

Whirlpool wants to make refrigerators even cooler, building its Centralpark port right into the refrigerator door. Centralpark is an interchangeable connection point that'll be a part of a Whirlpool line of connector-enabled refrigerators that let you park and power up a shiny collection of matching devices from Jabil… » 1/28/07 11:11am 1/28/07 11:11am

Cosmo Hydromassage Whirlpool Bathtub With 8.5-inch LCD

Although I've taken fewer baths than I have fingers, this Cosmo Hydromassage Whirlpool Bathtub may make me a believer in the benefits of lying down and splashing in my own filth. » 11/21/06 5:20pm 11/21/06 5:20pm

Energy Cocoon Tub: Room for One More?

Install an entire spa in your bathroom with this Energy Cocoon Tub, giving you an invigorating combination of soothing bubbles, billowing steam and an infrared sauna all in one unit the size of a regular whirlpool tub. It contains three multi-colored lamps for a bit of that soothing chromatherapy, and of course, it… » 10/30/06 2:26pm 10/30/06 2:26pm

Whirlpool Begins Testing High-Tech Laundry Project

Today Whirlpool launched a pilot project called "Laundry Time." The idea behind the project is making the washing machine more connected to your life. The washer and dryers being tested will be able to be monitored and controlled via computers, cellphones and televisions.
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This project should be pretty interesting…

Whirlpool's Pret-a-Porter Clothes Revitalizer

Whirlpool, known for its innovative range of home appliances, has unveiled Pret-a-Porter, the clothes revitalizer. It has the size of a vacuum cleaner and is fully portable. You can use the device for removing odor, sweat and smoke stains from the clothes that do not need a full, proper cleaning. It is designed to… » 4/05/06 11:34am 4/05/06 11:34am

Water, Water (and TVs) Everywhere, and Not a Thought to Think: La Scala…

Soak yourself until your fingertips are like prunes with this La Scala bathtub with a wide-screen TV and DVD player on board. Complete with a floating remote control, the tub is big enough for you and your honey, and offers 10 adjustable water jets to make you feel good all over while you're getting your TV on. Or… » 2/22/06 3:15pm 2/22/06 3:15pm

Whirlpool Body Box-Weirdest Cleaning Device Ever

Um, this may be a really futuristic design, but I'm a little freaked with the Whirlpool BodyBox. And it's not just the name, though that does help considerably. Labeled as a piece of "technological furniture," this unit has a couple of functions. First, it cleans, collects, sorts, conditions, tumbles, and steams your… » 1/17/06 2:00pm 1/17/06 2:00pm