LG Thinq automated appliances in action

LG Thinq automated appliances in action

I already wrote about new LG Thinq technology which joins all appliances in the house in the network. I was impress by that idea and waited CES 2011 to see its demonstration. And finally I saw it. It’s awesome! Let’s started from the oven. It has color touchscreen to choose desire mode. Moreover, you can find recipe and see detailed instruction how to prepare and cook a dish you’re interested in. LG Thinq offers another way to manage the oven using smartphone. You can see the cooking progress, manage temperature and be notified about finishing of cooking.

Fridge is also equiped with touchscreen. It knows what products are kept inside and in what place. Also it’s possible easily check the expiration date of each item in the fridge (very useful for single men I think). Like the oven, fridge also can be controlled via smartphone. You may change its temperature or see what items do you have and their expiration dates.

Washing machine and dryer take more energy then other devices. That’s why they offer economy mode which meets the cheapest energy rate according to Smart Meter data. Sure you can start device immediately if you harry up and don’t care about energy cost. But in the most cases you’ll able to save your money. The same as with oven and fridge you can control washing machine and dryer from your smartphone.

Finally I’d like to say about future of LG Thinq. First of all, LG is going to add more protocols to control their appliances. Together with existing WiFi consumers will have a choice between Z-Wave, ZigBee and probably something else. It’ll give simple way to integrate appliances into smarthome systems. Also we still waiting a robotic vacuum cleaner with camera. It should be something impressive as well.

LG Thinq will join appliances in home together

Synology DS211j

LG announced its new solution to make home appliances smarter. It’s called Thinq. The idea is to join all appliances in the house using standard WiFi communication to give consumers a full remote control under them. Another good feature of Thinq is energy saving. All devices receive information about cost of energy from Smart Meter. So, for example, washing machine will start no immediately but in time when electricity is cheaper. Or oven will adjust its mode and power according to information from Smart Meter.

Except remote control of appliances LG Thinq offers security surveillance feature with its HOM-BOT robotic vacuum cleaner equiped with camera.

The LG Thinq looks very attractive. Many manufactures have networked appliances with some kind of intelligent. But only LG offers a completely solution for far.

LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader

LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader

The latest LG’s TVs are enough smart thanks to Smart TV feature included LAN connectivity, DLNA support and set of various applications. But what if you have old TV but don’t want to replace it? LG gives a simple and elegant way to turn it into Smart TV as well with its new set-top-box LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader. It has all advantages of Smart TV in the separate box. Pros: getting advanced features without replace TV. Cons: additional box, wires, remote.

In any case, you may see the LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader at CES 2011 soon.

Access Facebook from LG HDTVs

WD TV Live Media Player

LG announced a new firmware for their HDTVs for UK consumers. It brings Facebook, Twitter, BBC iPlayer, Acetrax, Google Maps, Youtube, Picasa and more to the web-enabled HDTVs. LCD and LED HDTVs owners can upgrade firmware even now. It’s done via Internet which is much better then using USB drives. The same update for LG’s plasma TVs will be available in the begining of December.

LG added Yandex widget to its HDTVs

Yandex Widget

Yandex is Russia’s largest internet company, which offers a lot of useful and sometimes unique services. For example, Yandex maps with traffic jams include live webcams. So, you may see the real road situation or enjoy views of your favourite city (St Petersburg in my case). That’s why I was very glad to know LG added Yandex widget to its network enabled HDTVs in the latest firmware update. The widget includes following services: News, Weather, Traffic Jams, Stock Rates, Foto and TV Guide. Each service has separate page optimized for big screens and navigation with remote control.

The Yandex widget is available in the following LG LCD and LED TVs LX9500, LE8500, LX6500, LE7500, LE5500, LD750, LD650, and in the plasmas PX960, PK960, PK760.

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