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What is AI?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ability for machines to simulate human intelligence. It’s a broad term that encompasses everything from simple calculations to complex problem-solving.

AI in Home Appliances

With the rise of AI, companies are now using the term to market home appliances. However, it’s important to note that not all “AI-powered” products actually use AI.

Nest Learning Thermostat

  • What it does: Learns your temperature preferences and adjusts your thermostat accordingly.
  • Where the AI is:
    Google uses AI algorithms to optimize temperature settings based on your preferences and anonymized data.

Samsung Bespoke Refrigerator with AI Family Hub Plus

  • What it does:
    Integrates with your smart home and offers features like recipe suggestions and shopping list automation.
  • Where the AI is: Uses computer vision to recognize ingredients inside the fridge.

CatGenie A.I. Self-Washing Cat Box

  • What it does: Automatically flushes and cleans cat waste.
  • Where the AI is: The company claims to use AI to personalize the waste management system, but the specific details are unclear.

Roborock S7 MaxV Robot Vacuum

  • What it does: Uses AI-based computer vision to avoid obstacles and pet poop.
  • Where the AI is:
    The vacuum uses an RGB camera to detect objects and navigate accordingly.

Briiv Pro 2.0 Air Purifier

  • What it does: Purifies indoor air and monitors air quality.
  • Where the AI is: The company claims to use AI for air quality monitoring, but the specific details are unclear.


While some home appliances may use genuine AI features, others simply use marketing buzzwords. It’s important to understand the actual capabilities of these products before making a purchase.