Consumer Electronics Show 2014: LG’s Smart Home Apps
LG spent CES 2013 working on smart appliances for a 21st century connected home. With the smart oven, smart refrigerator and smart washer and dryer, LG wanted to connect everything in your home to a smart hub.
With this year’s CES underway, LG is poised to take the next step forward in their attempt to push the idea of the connected home further with some smart apps and smarter alliances. Let’s take a closer look at what they have planned.
Your fridge is on the line
Now that LG has created the smart appliances, it’s working on a networked way for users to have meaningful conversations with their toasters, in a manner of speaking. With its new instant messaging system “Line,” users will be able to send commands remotely to their appliances via Android, Blackberry, iOS, Windows Phone, Nokia Asha and even desktops and laptop computers.
In addition to sending commands to appliances, users will also be able to receive real time status updates from their refrigerators. Additionally, they’ll be able to send media like photographs that can be displayed on the fridge’s on-screen display.
A home appliance consortium
In addition to developing apps for their smart home connected devices, LG has also been busy making new partnerships. Back in October they joined up with Cisco and Bosch for a smart home platform that would enable appliances form different manufacturers to interact. They followed that up with a December announcement of an alliance with Panasonic, Haier, Sharp and Silicon Image as part of Qualcomm’s AllSeen Alliance created to ensure open-source communication between companies. While there’s been official announcement, we’re sure to hear more from LG about these alliances during CES 2014.
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