LG to Create Ecosystem of Smart Appliances and Devices

LG to Create Ecosystem of Smart Appliances and Devices

LG opened its International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) participation by unveiling an array of innovative products that according to president and chief technology officer Scott Ahn reflects the company’s intention of creating an entire ecosystem of smart appliances and devices—including home automation, smart cars, and a new wellness platform—that work together.

During the presentation Ahn noted, “We’re embracing open standards IoT services so that LG will work flawlessly with any device from any brand.”

Part of their ecosystem is home entertainment and LG introduced its webOS 2.0 smart TV platform, along with a list of new content partners including GoPro, DIRECTV, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, HSN, and Showtime that will offer online access to more streaming content and 4K viewing options to millions of LG Smart TV owners. This generation of WebOS features a more consumer-friendly user interface and the ability to boot up 60 percent faster.

Tim Alessi, LG’s director of new product development, announced the planned release of five new OLED TV designs coming in 2015, including a 77-inch flexible TV that transition back and forth between a flat and curved conformation. All of LG’s 2015 4K OLED TVs feature webOS 2.0 and Ultra HD resolution.

According to head of marketing David VanderWaal, LG wants to focus on making “the stuff people have to do easier, more efficient, and less time consuming.”

To that end he introduced a new front-loading smart washing machine that features a space-efficient mini-washer beneath the main washing compartment enabling two separate loads of clothes to be washed simultaneously. Using the LG Home Chat, users can upload custom cycles, check cycle status, and even set alerts for wash completion.

VanderWaal adds: “Washing times are significantly reduced, leaving more time for families to spend on the things they want to do.”

The mini-washers will also be sold separately and can be used with any existing LG front-load washers.

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