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LG Makes Majap Connection At International CES


LG Electronics unveiled
a full roster of majaps at International
CES last month, giving much of its Central
Hall real estate a distinctly Kitchen/
Bath Industry Show-like feel.

The introductions were highlighted by
a handful of intelligent appliances including
a refrigerator, an oven and a laundry
pair that can be remotely controlled and
monitored and, in the case of the fridge,
can relay information about its contents.
All reap the benefits of LG’s Smart ThinQ
connected-device Wi-Fi platform, which
has evolved considerably since its introduction
at CES last year.

LG’s flagship smart-grid-ready Frenchdoor
fridge features several examples of
the technology, including a Smart Manager
function that allows users to see, via
the fridge’s LCD panel or a smartphone,
which food items are stored inside, where
they’re located and when they expire. The
app can also recommend dishes using
the ingredients available in the refrigerator.

Food items can be inventoried by selecting
icons from the panel, by using
voice recognition technology, or by scanning
package bar codes or grocery receipts
with a smart phone.

The LCD interface can also provide
recipes, menus and meal plans based
on age, gender, weight, height and Body
Mass Index (BMI); send the recipes to a
connected LG oven that will automatically
set temperatures and cooking times; and
can order groceries online from a shopping
list compiled by users via the touchpanel
or smartphone.

Besides allowing users to monitor and
change cooking settings remotely via
their mobile devices, the aforementioned
freestanding smart oven also features a
6.2-cubic-foot cavity and infrared grilling
to help cook food more quickly and uniformly.

Consumers can also keep tabs remotely
on the company’s smart laundry
pair. LG’s Smart Access feature allows
users to check cycle status on their connected
TVs and smartphones, and to
control certain functions like changing
the pre-programmed wash time or adding
fabric softener. Pop-up messages on
the smartphone signal when the wash
cycle is completed, and extra washing
cycles can be downloaded to the washer
through its LCD panel or a smartphone.

Each of the smart majaps can also be
diagnosed by repair technicians over the
web or by using a smartphone application.

“LG’s direction in smart-appliance development
has been in pursuing technological
advancements that will make
consumers’ lives more convenient and ultimately
upgrade their quality of life,” said
Moon-bum Shin, CEO of LG Electronics
Home Appliance. “Device-to-device connectivity
with smartphones and among
LG appliances is a new and exciting way
for us to realize this goal, helping consumers
handle housework in a smarter manner
by saving time, money and energy.”

Elsewhere in the roster, the company
showcased its largest-capacity, 31-cubicfoot
French door fridge with a quick-chill
“blast chiller” feature for beverages (see
TWICE, Jan. 10, p. 144), and debuted a
new steam dishwasher that provides enhanced
cleaning at noise levels as low as
45 dB.