LG unveils new smart sensor, home appliances for the ‘Internet of Things’ at IFA in Berlin, Germany

LG Smart Sensors unveiled at the IFA electronics and home appliance show in Berlin Germany in September.
LG Smart Sensors unveiled at the IFA electronics and home appliance show in Berlin Germany in September.

This sotry was written originally for ZDNet Korea on Aug. 31, 2015.

LG Electronics will showcase its latest smart home technology this week at IFA 2015 in Berlin, the company said on Monday.

The South Korean tech giant will introduce its new SmartThinQ Sensor which can make traditional home appliances “smart-aware” when it is attached to them.

For example, attaching the sensor to a normal washing machine door allows it to inform the user when the laundry cycle is complete. When attach to a refrigerator, the SmartThingQ Sensor will send a notification to the user’s smartphone to inform when a particular food item is about to spoil.

The circular-shaped device can be attached to LG’s exiting home appliance to check its vibration, temperature among and send a feed to users.

LG will also unveil its Smart Lightwave Oven and Smart Air Conditioner — both are compatible with an open platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), called “Alljoyn” — developed by the Allseen Alliance.

“Adoption of smart home appliances has been slow because of the perception that the technology is not easily accessible,” said Jo Seong-jin, president and CEO of the LG’s Home Appliance and Air Solution division, in a statement.

“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.”

The sensor will also keep track of how many times the door is opened even when you’re not home. And connecting the sensor to an air conditioner or other appliance will allow users to control it remotely through the SmartThinQ app.

AllJoyn is a collaborative open-source software FRAMEwork that makes it easy for devices and apps to communicate with each other. The software has been endorsed members of the Allseen Alliance, a cross-industry IoT consortium of more than 180 companies.

An AllJoyn compatible Smart Lightwave Oven from LG allows users to download, update and share cooking recipes with friends over mobile devices.

The Smart Lightwave Oven is wi-fi enabled, allowing homeowners to use their smartphones to set the cooking mode, temperature and cooking time for a given dish, the company said. LG’s Smart Air Conditioner not only informs owners when to replace the air filter, it can also be controlled remotely from a smartphone, putting an end to entering a hot, stuffy home on a hot day, it said.

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