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UL Tests LG TV Voice, Gesture Controls

Seoul, South Korea — LG Electronics’ (LG) said Thursday that its Smart TV advanced speech and finger gesture recognition functions “have been validated” by global testing facility Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

The advanced speech and finger gesture functions in LG’s forthcoming premium Smart TVs “are the key components of an intuitive and enjoyable user experience,” LG said in a statement released here.

“Being the first to receive a UL certificate of validation for Smart TV features is confirmation of our innovation’s uniqueness and innovation,” said Do-joon Lee, LG’s Home Entertainment VP and UX division head. “We are committed to advancing the Smart TV experience to bring greater convenience to people’s lives.”

LG said that for speech recognition, UL assessed how well the function comprehended spoken commands and the speed with which those commands were processed. LG’s finger gesture feature was measured in terms of movement-tracking accuracy and the effectiveness of its specialized functions.

The advanced speech and finger gesture recognition functions will be available starting in 2014 on LG Smart TVs running a new operating system.

The finger gesture feature is also compatible with a built-in camera or LG’s plug-in camera accessory.

The technologies will be on display at the LG booth at International CES in Las Vegas, Jan. 7-10, 2014.