LG announced Thinq at CES this year and now has a follow up post about the really important thing about your refrigerator being online, the smart grid. Electricity consumption is set to skyrocket, along with big data, as more and more things are connected and electric. LG clearly understands its role in the ecosystem.
From the LG blog:
“Smart grids are intelligent, eco-friendly electricity networks that adjust electricity supply to meet actual demand. In their ideal form, smart grids use solar panels or wind turbines that consumers control to generate the power they need, when they need it. Users would even be able to sell any surpluses they generate back to the electricity company.
Appliances would have a role to play in this smart revolution too. For instance, washing machines hooked up to a home network would be able to select times when electricity is at its cheapest, thereby saving consumers a lot of money in their energy bills.”
If you look closely at the image above you will notice that there is a Zigbee compliant sticker on it, which LG says is the first refrigerator to earn the certification.
“For LG, 2011 is going to be all about smart products, including smart TVs, smart phones, and smart appliances,” said Dr. Skott Ahn, President and Chief Technology Officer of LG Electronics, during his keynote speech. “It’s no longer enough just to offer static services – consumers today want to connect and enjoy a constantly updated range of content and applications. We understand this, and that’s why 2011’s going to be a big year for LG.”
LG has also built a “smart grid showroom” on Jeju Island to test out all of its appliances and show consumers what the home of the future is going to look like. Jeju Island is translated as “island of the gods” and you can see why, looks nice!