LG LAUNCHES SMARTTHINQ™ HUB AND SENSOR IN KOREA
Company Releases SmartThinQ™ Bundled Packages, Aims to Revitalize IoT Market
LG Electronics (LG) has launched the SmartThinQ™ sensor and the SmartThinQ™ Hub in the Korean market with an aim to expand into the emerging smart home industry. The innovative SmartThinQ™ sensor can be attached to general home appliances, like washing machines or refrigerators, transforming them into smart appliances. Meanwhile, the SmartThinQ™ Hub serves as a central gateway for smart homes, communicating with all the home’s connected appliances and sensors.
Transitioning Towards Smart Appliances: SmartThinQ™ Sensor
The SmartThinQ™ sensor is a circular device approximately 4cm in diameter that can be attached to any home appliance. The sensor is designed to sense vibration or changes in temperature, then report on the status of the appliance through the SmartThinQ™ app. For example, the sensor can be used on a conventional washing machine to notify the user at a preset time period after a laundry cycle has been completed. It can also remind users when a washing machine tub needs to be cleaned. On an air conditioner, the sensor can be used to turn the unit on or off, or even to adjust its temperature settings while you are away from home. In other words, the sensor can be used with conventional appliances you already own, turning them into smart appliances. Consumers can even attach the SmartThinQ™ sensor to doors or windows, gaining peace-of-mind by being able to receive notifications when they have been opened. Users will now be able to experience the convenience of IoT technology in their homes without having to replace all their existing appliances.
Connecting It All: SmartThinQ™ Hub
The elegantly contoured SmartThinQ™ Hub serves as a gateway to connected appliances and SmartThinQ™ sensors using Wi-Fi or Zigbee connectivity. The Hub comes equipped with a 3.5-inch color LCD display and can send notifications to smartphones, or announce alerts through its embedded speaker. In addition, the SmartThinQ™ Hub can synchronize with other online services such as Google Calendar and online weather forecasts. The Hub can also be used as a Bluetooth speaker.
“We are very excited to have rolled out our smart home products in Korea,” said Jo Seong-jin, President of LG Electronics and Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Looking ahead, LG’s innovative spirit will lead the way in the global push for IoT technology adoption.”
LG’s ongoing smart home initiative will enter the U.S. market in August of this year, with a gradual expansion into global markets in the months ahead
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About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 77,000 people working in 125 locations around the world. With 2015 global sales of USD 48.8 billion (KRW 56.5 trillion), LG comprises four business units ― Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance & Air Solution, and Vehicle Components ― and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.
About LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company
The LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company is a global leader in home appliances, air conditioning and air quality systems. The company is creating total solutions for the home with its industry leading core technologies. LG is committed to making life better for consumers around the world by providing thoughtfully designed products, including refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, cooking appliances, vacuum cleaners, built-in appliances, air conditioners, air purifiers and dehumidifiers. Collectively, these products deliver enhanced convenience, superb performance, great savings and compelling health benefits. For more information, please visit www.LG.com.
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