These days our smartphones can control just about anything with a well written application. There are many devices on the market that can turn your smartphone into a universal remote control for your home theater system, phones can find themselves when they are lost, and can even prevent you from getting lost on a trip in the first place. Phones these days can do everything except the laundry, or wait, can they?

Last week at CES in Las Vegas, LG Announced that it will introduce a line of home appliances that can be controlled by smartphones and tablets. LG, who is based in South Korea, said ovens, washing machines and refrigerators will now be built with its new THINQ and Smart Access Technology.

THINQ allows users to program their appliances directly from the phones and tablets. Now, most folks will instinctively think this is the epitome of laziness, and that the South Korean Company is simply catering to the docile US population. Well, there are other angles than just getting out of doing the laundry. THINQ will allow people to program their appliances to run during the most efficient time of day ,when electricity rates are lowest, even when they are away from home.

“With our THINQ technology, consumers will be more empowered when doing household tasks thanks to more efficient, controllable, and eco-friendly appliance options,” said Young-ha Lee, president of LG’s Home Appliance unit.

Smartphones are no longer just for business purposes, games, texting friends or facebook, but can now help consumers save a few bucks and the environment all at the same time. With each year that goes by manufacturers are building new innovation into their products.

What do you think is next on the horizon for smartphone controlled items?