LG announced its new Thinq platform that connects home appliances to energy management. In what will surely be a big year for the Internet of Things, LG gets out ahead of the compition, at least in the trademarking of terms category.
From the press release:
“Comprising five key features – Smart Grid, Smart Diagnosis™, Smart Access, Smart Adapt and Food Management – LG THINQ™ Technology offers a complete smart solution that lets consumers manage their homes in a more centralized and convenient way.
“For LG, ‘smart’ means offering the ultimate benefits of empowerment and convenience to our consumers. With our innovative THINQ™ Technology, consumers will be more empowered when doing household tasks thanks to more efficient, controllable, and ecofriendly appliance options,” said Young-ha Lee, President and CEO of LG Electronics Home Appliance Company. “This isn’t a gradual evolution – LG THINQ™ Technology essentially transforms how consumers take care of their home, and makes it easier and smarter than ever before.”
The release goes on, and on, in detail about all 5 product offerings. To me the real standout is the Smart Grid power management which gives users a “recommended time” for the least expensive rates and a “lowest rate” which lets the appliance pick the best time to operate.
There are many other features like remote diagnosis aids and the ability to download platform updates wirelessly. And of course you can control your new HOM-BOT robotic vacuum cleaner, which LG claims can even feed your pet while you are away. Which, looking at the unit I can’t imagine how it pulls that off. No youtube video demonstrations either.