Householders with home appliances such as fridges and freezers may soon be able to take control of their white goods online.
A report by the Wall Street Journal said American IT specialist Hewlett-Packard is looking to encourage appliance manufacturers to integrate the company's webOS operating system into their products. The technology could be used within touch screens on cookers, allowing people to find recipes online while preparing a meal for example.
Stephen DeWitt, head of webOS at HP, said: "We're looking at expending the base and bringing to the webOS community an ecosystem that inspires developers out there."
Although DeWitt claimed there was an "enormous amount of interest" in the idea, he declined to name firms which are considering integrating webOS into their products.
British stove manufacturer Aga announced in May that it was planning to bring out a smartphone app towards the end of this year that would be capable of remotely controlling its latest range cookers.