Many household appliances or other devices provide alerts and/or notifications that notify people when certain events occur or when certain activities have been completed such as when the washer/dryer/dishwasher is completed, the oven is preheated, or the refrigerator is left open. People also want to wake up in time for work using an alarm clock. Therefore, notifications and alerts are critical to a user journey in various types of products. However, a conventional device does its own alerts and notifications, usually by a low-quality speaker making a generic alert that a user has come to associate with that particular make/model of device. This is a problem because users have to deal with low-quality, non-customizable notifications with usually fixed volumes. If the user is not within “earshot” of the particular appliance, the user may not receive the notification.
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N/A and Benassi, Joe, "User Notification Interface Using Internet of Things Devices", Technical Disclosure Commons, (August 29, 2018)