First of all I would like to welcome all of you back to our small corner on the Internet. I’ve been away for a while now because of the holidays and whatnot and I hope that you all enjoyed the holiday season and that you had a great New Years Eve party. Without holding out to long on the meaty details, let’s get to it.
This time round we’ll take a small look regarding something LG has announced on Monday. They have announced a new technology named LG Electronics Thinq. This is basically a way of controlling your LG household appliances via your smartphone or your tablet.
So far the devices which will be compatible with this technology have not been announced yet and are to be unveiled at CES (The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas) which will be held between the 6th and 9th of January.
Some of the features LG has been boasting with are represented by the ability to control washing machine cycles through your Android smartphone or Android tablet, the ability to check if you left your refrigerator door open –case in which you get a warning on your smartphone, the ability to set a robotic vacuum cleaner to start cleaning while you are at work, maybe even feed the pets and so forth. The main way this will be working is that those household appliances, so far LG announced only that an oven, a refrigerator, a washing machine and a vacuum cleaner will have these functions, but for more details on that we’ll have to wait for CES. So returning to the point at hand, said devices will connect to a WiFi hotspot in the house and via the connection available that way, they will communicate with your device. Pretty fun and easy apparently.
Some of the upcoming refrigerators will have the ability to let you create a shopping list and update the list by considering which products are in it at a given time. Initially I was hoping to see a bar-code reader or maybe some product recognition software, but at this point the fridge will have to rely on you when creating the stock for the products inside it. As such, whenever you remove something from the fridge you will be able to simply drag and drop a certain product from a list so that the refrigerator will know that you just took out the carton of milk and that there isn’t any left.
All of these features seem rather interesting and some of them I could’ve used after the New Year’s party when we were trying to figure out who should do the dishes and who should vacuum clean the house. Until next New Year’s Eve, let’s hope LG delivers and we can thinker with those little devices around.1