CES: LG launches ThinQ artificial intelligence

Korean technology manufacturer LG has announced the expansion of its smart-home technology to more products at this year’s CES show in Las Vegas (January 9-12).

LG’s ThinQ artificial intelligence (AI) technology will be included in a number of its products, such as the InstaView ThinQ refrigerator, EasyClean oven range, QuadWash dishwasher and OLED and Super UHD TVs.

The company said AI would offer “seamless connectivity”, which will allow users to control products using voice recognition.

What’s more, the wi-fi-enabled AI will allow LG appliances to ‘talk’ to each other – for example, the EasyClean oven can send information about the last meal cooked to the QuadWash dishwasher, which can then set an optimal wash cycle.

“The seamless connectivity inherent in LG’s smart kitchen solution will revolutionise the cooking and dining habits of consumers,” said Song Dae-hyun, president of LG’s Home Appliance and Air Solution Company. “By streamlining food preparation and clean-up from start to finish, LG’s use of artificial intelligence in the kitchen enhances quality of life by offering innovative solutions to everyday struggles in the kitchen.”

With LG’s OLED and Super UHD TVs, users can speak directly into the remote control to control its functions.

The ThinQ TVs can also be used as a “smart-home hub”, offering access to other smart-home products, such as robotic vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, air purifiers, smart lights and smart speakers, when connected to the TV by wi-fi or Bluetooth.

ThinQ can process “hundreds” of voice commands through the company’s own smart platforms, as well as third-party AI platforms, such as Amazon Alexa.

“LG is continually seeking to innovate in home entertainment and LG ThinQ, along with the α (Alpha) 9 processor, will deliver a TV viewing experience that is unrivalled in the industry,” commented Brian Kwon, president of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “At LG, our interest is in improving user lifestyles and convenience, which our 2018 TVs amply deliver.”