Chinese appliance giant Haier Group will open 300 “experience stores” in the country to promote its “smart” home equipment, which can automatically direct a variety of household gadgets. Caixin reports the 33-year-old home appliance maker has been focusing on the “smart home,” especially after it acquired the appliance unit of US rival General Electric last year. The stores will be located in major cities throughout China, the company said Wednesday. The first such store was opened in February in Qingdao, where Haier is based, allowing customers to get a sense of how “the internet of things” can change daily life. Users can choose different meals on a computer screen of the Haier refrigerator, which then will send signals to stoves, ovens and other appliances to get the devices ready for cooking. If the refrigerator is short of food, it’ll alert users, who can buy items on online stores through the screen.
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