"Smart appliances" are major household
appliances with built-in wireless transmitters designed to perform a number of functions. They will apparently report to you
via your computer or smart phone how much electricity you are using and what the charges are, shifting energy consumption
to off-peak times. Some have voice recognition software. Some remind you of maintenance schedules. Some help technicians remotely
diagnose problems. Some warn you to conserve energy. There are other features and functions as well. This map links many of
major companies offering "smart" appliances, and presents an overview of the topic. Health and environmental issues
are not discussed in depth in this map.