Connected appliances, homemade beer and the next step in TV technology, I take a look at the highlights from LG’s CES keynote.
LG ThinQ – Connected Home
LG’s ThinQ product range will get smarter and more useful with the aid of AI in 2019. All existing ThinQ and future products in the range will receive a software update that will enable the appliances to make suggestions to its users based on “lifestyle data”. LG’s aim is to improve and integrate the evolving intelligence of AI into consumer products; go beyond the basic voice recognition and automated tasking. LG want devices to understand its purpose, its surroundings, and user preferences to deliver more value and convenience. ThinQ will also have the ability to share and connect with products in the range within the household further enhancing the aspect of the connected home future.
ThinQ tech will be embedded into LG’s customer service under the new name of LG ProActive Customer Care. As soon as an error is detected, LG ProActive Customer care will send a notification to users and inform them. It’ll also remind them when appliances require maintenance and, if you live in a region where Amazon Dash operates, it’ll integrate with that as well.
The new update and customer service plan will look to be introduced throughout the forthcoming year.
LG Home Brew – Beer at the tap of a button
Coffee machines are old school in the eyes of LG as they look to venture into the sector of homemade beer. During the keynote this year LG introduced their very own beer making machine….LG HomeBrew. The machine will enable its user to make 5 types of beers (American IPA, stout, Czech pilsner, American Pale Ale, and Witbier) using Nespresso style capsules which contain yeast, hop oil and flavour. Simply pop in the capsules select the beer you want and let the machine do the rest. Will this take off like home coffee machines we will have to wait and see. Pricing and availability are currently not known but sometime this year is LG’s aim.
TV’s – The next step
LG has always been at the forefront of display technologies and this year they pushed their TV tech to the next level.
LG 8K OLED TV
This year LG led the TV lineup with the introduction of its first 8K display in the form of an 88inch 8K OLED TV. Powered by the company’s second-generation α (Alpha) 9 Gen 2 intelligent processor and deep learning algorithm, the new TV offers a higher level of AI picture and sound experience quality. The entire flagship lineup also natively supports Alexa at launch in addition to Google Assistant, and they’re the first TVs announced with support for HDMI 2.1, and high frame rate (HFR) for better rendering of sports, documentaries, and action films. Although 8K content is yet to hit the mainstream consumers the introduction of 8K displays on this level will definitely a step forward.
The LCD range of TV also got an update under the new line of NanoCell TV, following the 3 principles of NanoColour, NanoAccuracy, and NanoBezel. These just like the OLED will feature the α9 Gen 2 and integrate HDMI 2.1. This range falls into the affordable sector and will give buyers top-notch picture and sound quality at prices that won’t hit the wallet.
LG Signature OLED TV R
The showstopper and headline TV announced was the LG Signature OLED TV R. This is the consumer version of the prototype rollable tv that was shown at last years CES. This new form factor enables the TV to be used in 3 different display modes; conventional 65inch tv termed Full view, Line view which only partially unrolls the screen, presenting a viewing “slot” for features such as a clock/weather display, a music control interface, or photos streamed from a paired smartphone and finally Zero view which has the screen fully enclosed into the base creating space and enabling the user to use the base as a speaker. The combination of LG’s display technologies is evident in this model and seems to be a new way forward in the TV sector.
LG CES 2019 – Life’s Good!
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