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There’s an app for that… Phone turns on a Maytag Oven, oops…

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EMI Mayhem: Smart Phone Switches on a Maytag Oven @ Design News

Awhile back the NYT ran an article about a guy’s smart phone starting up his Maytag Model CGR1425ADW oven (plus a couple of his neighbor’s units) in a Brooklyn apartment building. Read the full text: Hello Oven? It’s Phone.  Now Let’s Start Cooking! What makes the phenomenon particularly distressing is the oven’s tendency to turn itself on to the highest setting. A spokeswoman for Maytag said, “In our experience, this situation is highly unusual.” She went on to say that all of Maytag’s appliances are tested and meet safety standards set by Underwriters Laboratory and the American National Standards Institute. With the finger of blame pointing strongly at EMI, we wondered what requirements for EMI/EMC apply to kichen appliances.

Scary! Usually you need an Arduino to do this…

2 thoughts on “There’s an app for that… Phone turns on a Maytag Oven, oops…

  1. I work as an engineering technician for a company that manufactures ranges and ovens. I’ve not had a lot of experience with our EMI testing, but I think most of the tests are geared towards interference from microwave ovens and what testing is done to determine the effects of other EMI sources is rather limited. I think this is a case of new technology bringing up a new problem that no one has given much thought to.

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