We do communications engineering in the universities, and one of the features they offer students in the dorms these days is to send you a text when your load is done (gets more use out of the machine, lets you go sit outdoors and study while it's running and keeps you from forgetting and coming back to find your wash tossed on the floor because someone else needed the machine).
Originally Posted by Vistaus
No need for this at home with my small household, but what I would make use of is a delayed start feature that was simple to use. I often come home late between trips and need to make a wash run in the middle of the night so it will be ready for the dryer while I am getting things together in the a.m. I live in an old neighborhood with zero lot line homes built like townhouses - my outside wall is common with my neighbors. I know they and my family would appreciate if could push running the washer off until later when they were already up.
Another use is that my home has a smart electric meter and my utility bill is time of day usage sensitive. I got this plan as I have a plug-in hybrid car and am offered vastly cheaper rates for middle of the night usage. Someone else with this same plan might want to load the machine and deliberately delay the start until midnight when their rates dropped (i.e. a personal approach to 'Smart Grid').
Most appliances that have a delayed start function (I have coffee grinder/makers and a bread machine that do this) have a terrible user interface. The Pre's simply Clock/Alarm app, with it's minimalist sensibilities is lightyears ahead.
A touchscreen LCD's cost is proportional to size. If it weren't you could a put a large screen on every appliance with all possible features exposed on on massive menu - no cards required. The beauty of the WebOS card interface is it works well on a small screen, and it focuses the user's on just what they need to pay attention to now. I agree and appreciate that something like the delayed start function might initially only require two cards, but as we move to smartgrid, devices are going to need to acquire the ability to interact with their operators in new ways. The commercial building sector is now full of devices with complex user interfaces that used to require nothing more than a screwdriver (have a look at a modern BMS system, fire alarm system or even the elevator controls in even a medium size building).
What LG is likely doing is using the WebOS to replace the horrible user interface found in most web enabled SmartTV/blueray players and their remotes. Even if that's all they accomplish, I laud them for it.