LG to display smart home products at IFA 2015, including retrofit device


LG has announced they plan to showcase some of their latest smart home technology at IFA 2015. Headlining the devices will be the LG SmartThinQ Sensor which can be used to retrofit any normal home appliance to become a pseudo-smart appliance. LG also indicated their new devices will be compatible with the AllJoyn open platform for Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The SmartThinQ Sensor is a small, circular device that users can attached to any existing home appliance. The device includes a variety of sensors that can detect things like vibration or temperature. Using that information, like when a normal washing machine has stopped vibrating indicating it has ended its cycle, the SmartThinQ Sensor will then communicate this to a user’s smartphone to let them know the cycle is done.

LG says the combination of the SmartThinQ Sensor and the SmartThinQ app will allow users to control a variety of appliances and even systems like their air conditioning remotely.

In a more traditional smart home vein, LG will also unveil their Smart Lightwave Oven and Smart Air Conditioner. These devices will be AllJoyn compatible. Unlike traditional devices that use the SmartThinQ Sensor to provide feedback based on physical conditions, these smart appliances from LG will be more capable in providing users with control and information remotely beyond simple notifications.

LG Electronics Home Appliance and Air Solution Company president and CEO Jo Seong-jin says,

“Adoption of smart home appliances has been slow because of the perception that the technology is not easily accessible. LG is committed to continuing its leadership in the smart home market with innovations such as LG SmartThingQ, which provides real-life benefits and offers new lifestyle conveniences through technology that is easy to use.”

Would you be interested in retrofitting your traditional appliances to add some smart home features?

source: LG

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