Imagine being on vacation and still being able to control our home appliances. This will help place your mind at ease if you have forgotten to unplug certain appliances. LG will soon make this a reality with the company’s recent announcement of its new technology that takes advantage of Natural Language Processing (NLP) to control LG appliances using the popular messenger LINE in tandem with the LG HomeChat service.
According to Seong-jin Jo, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Appliance Company, “Always at the forefront of innovation, LG is continually striving to inspire smarter consumer lifestyles in meaningful ways. We’re excited to be able to bring to CES our smart appliances with the newest communication and intelligence capabilities.”
Consumers will find that using the new HomeChat service is going to be easy as it will make use of popular mobile messenger Line. The app is available for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Nokia Asha as well as computers running on Windows and Mac OS.
LG will be announcing a new range of smart appliances at CES 2014 that will take advantage of this new technology. During its initial phase HomeChat will only be able to understand English and Korean commands but further along the way more languages will be added.
So how does it work? Basically consumers can send an SMS that says for example “I’m on vacation”. This will then result in the response of “Should I convert to vacation mode?” An affirmative response will then place the refrigerator in power saving mode. It can also place the robotic vacuum cleaner to sweep the floor at a specified time every day and set the washing machine to a wash cycle a day before you return.
Consumers will also get real time updates of their appliances wherever they are like for instance; you will know what’s inside your refrigerator.
The Smart Manager feature allows consumers to check what’s inside the refrigerator by the use of their smartphone display without even opening the door. Aside from knowing what’s inside you will also get suggestions as to what dishes to prepare based on the food available. What’s probably important is that you will get to know the expiration date of the food stored inside your refrigerator.
LG also announced that it will be including NFC in its 2014 smart appliances and that it’s going to come with Smart Diagnosis, an easy way for consumers to troubleshoot minor problems without the need of a technician.