Consumer Electronics Show, CES 2013, is going to kick off in a few days, and this is the event where we will get to see a lot of new electronics from manufacturers around the world. We have been writing a lot of CES lately, but CES is not just about mobile devices. We will also get to see appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines and stuff like that. The show is going to be massive with over 33,000 consumer electronics exhibitors, including Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic. Many of them have already held press conference about what people can expect to see at their booth, and LG is one of them.
LG is expected to launch an all new smartphone device, most probably the Optimus G2, but today the company announced that they’ll be putting several new smart home appliances on display at CES 2013, including a new refrigerator, washing machine, robot vacuum, and oven. Yes, that’s right, the appliances will be smart home appliances and can apparently interact with each other and with the user’s smartphone using NFC or remotely using home wi-fi network.
“This year at CES, LG will demonstrate its most advanced, convenience-enhancing smart home appliances,” said Seong-jin Jo, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Appliance Company.
LG’s upgraded smart technology for 2013 gives users the ability to “control their appliances no matter where they are,” said Jo. “They can start a load of laundry while driving home from work, tell their robotic cleaner to vacuum the floor before company arrives or view the refrigerator’s inventory of food items. LG’s enhanced device-to-device connectivity offers incredible convenience, as the user can control and monitor household appliances through their TV while still watching their favorite show. It’s a smart home for those who want the ultimate smart lifestyle.”
Jo explained how the company differentiates its smart appliances with two sets of technologies. LG’s four core technologies – the Linear Compressor, Inverter Direct Drive, KOMPRESSOR™ and Lightwave – results in superior performance and savings whereas company’s innovative smart technologies – Smart Manager, Smart Diagnosis™, Smart Access, Smart Adapt and Smart Grid readiness – should be responsible for user convenience.
The press release contains details about each of the smart appliances. Since the appliances support NFC tags, the user can just touch his smartphone to the target appliance and control refrigerator, washing machine, robotic vacuum cleaner, or an oven. If you would like to have the sci-fi effect, then you can also choose to control these appliances using simple voice commands via smartphone and also remotely monitor the appliances using LG’s Smart Control.
Since the appliances can communicate over wi-fi as well, you can take advantage of the technology. For instance, you could start a load of laundry while you’re on your way home from work. The smart refrigerator sounds good. Each appliance is equipped with big screen using which you can access a lot of information such as the screen on refrigerator will suggest you the recipe based on contents of the fridge. Sounds interesting, isn’t it?