LG, Kodak Make Pre-CES Announcements

LG, Kodak Make Pre-CES Announcements

LG has confirmed plans to launch its HomeChat premium smart appliance service in the United States. The technology enables users to input commands in natural language and receive answers back from smart appliances. In addition, HomeChat also allows users to monitor how much energy their home electronics are consuming.

With HomeChat consumers can send an appliance, such as a smart refrigerator, an “away” text message through LINE, and the appliance will go into an energy saving mode. Connected ovens can text users when the food is done cooking. Or consumers can text a washing machine to turn on and complete the laundry by the time they get home from work.

The American HomeChat service will integrate with products from Nest, which is best known for its smart thermostat and was acquired by Google in January for $3.2 billion. Nest is known for its connected thermostat and has been cooperating with LG.

For years Kodak was synonymous with film and cameras but the company was slow to react to the digital technology revolution and ended up filing for bankruptcy. Now a year after emerging from bankruptcy the company is focusing on selling patents and licensing its brand and for the first time in three years is exhibiting at the International Consumer Electronics. Its products include a new co-branded line of baby monitors with Seedonk that is receiving an innovation prize at the conference and Android-powered mobile devices in partnership with the UK’s Bullitt Group.

Oliver Schulte, head of Bullitt Group, adds that the Kodak brand “is trusted by consumers as a marquee of quality and innovation. We’ve taken that heritage and used it to inspire a range of beautifully designed devices that will let users take great pictures and edit, share, store, and print them in an instant.”

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