LG Electronics (LG) has unveiled LG Smart Home, the company’s vision for the connected household of tomorrow, at IFA 2014. Inside the Smart Home display at LG’s booth, visitors will learn how LG’s latest premium smart appliances and LG HomeChat can provide users with greater convenience, control and connectivity, as well as offer recommendations via a smartphone.
LG Smart Home is reportedly built around the idea of unifying multiple smart appliances into a single system in order to increase convenience and simplicity. Via LG HomeChat, users can enjoy integrated control of their smart home ecosystem, as well as intelligent time- and energy-saving modes such as Leaving Home, Coming Home or Vacation. For example, if the user types Leaving Home into their mobile messenger, their LG smart refrigerator will automatically turn to Smart Power Saving mode. Typing “leaving home” also activates the HOM-BOT robotic vacuum cleaner’s Home Guard mode, a feature that enables the cleaner to detect if somebody enters the house, capture images of its immediate surroundings and send them directly to the user’s smartphone.
LG says that its Smart Home is compatible with existing open platform smart home systems, as well as appliances and devices from different manufacturers through open protocols such as AllJoyn, the open source software sponsored by AllSeen Alliance. AllJoyn keeps users informed of their LG smart appliances’ operational status so as soon as the washer has completed a load, for example, the user will automatically receive a notification on their LG Smart+ TV featuring webOS. LG Smart Home will also integrate with products from Nest which will launch in North America later this year.
“We are thrilled to be unveiling our Smart Home at IFA 2014,” said Seong-jin Jo, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Appliance Company. “Ensuring seamless integration with open smart home platforms, it provides a number of smart benefits including convenience, time and energy savings and one-touch settings for a variety of scenarios. LG Smart Home is like having a personal home secretary who gives you smart recommendations, anticipates your commands and makes life easier and more comfortable.”
Visitors to IFA can see LG’s latest in smart home technology for themselves in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin from September 5-10