January 7, 2013
CES 2013: LG’s New Smart Home And Ultra HD Televisions
Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online
LG has invited us all to "Touch the Smart Life" today during their press conference at this year's CES in Las Vegas. From smartphones to televisions to washing machines, LG hopes the home of the future will have more "smart" products filled with features, but truly smart, understanding how people want to interact with their devices.
“This year at CES, LG will demonstrate its most advanced, convenience-enhancing smart home appliances,” said Seong-jin Jo, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Appliance Company.
The Korean company showed off their new SmartControl technology which allows appliances from washing machines to televisions to be controlled either by voice or through an LG smartphone. Using NFC technology, an LG smartphone can control an oven, start a load of laundry and even start the new robotic vacuum.
“They can start a load of laundry while driving home from work, tell their robotic cleaner to vacuum the floor before company arrives or view the refrigerator´s inventory of food items. LG´s enhanced device-to-device connectivity offers incredible convenience, as the user can control and monitor household appliances through their TV while still watching their favorite show. It´s a smart home for those who want the ultimate smart lifestyle," explained Jo in a press statement.
LG also showed off a new way to interact with your refrigerator, complete with an app that will not only display what food is currently stored in the fridge, but will also make recipe suggestions. LG has said the app will be available for Android and iOS handsets.
And finally, LG also introduced the Vegas crowd to their new lines of simply stunning televisions.
Though LG and others introduced these televisions last year at CES, they're new 55-inch OLED television is the first to make it to market.
This television displays brilliant pictures and is incredibly slim, only 0.16-inches thick.
The real show stopper this week, however, is their 84-inch Ultra HDTV with 4K resolution. The company claims they were the first to be able to bring this kind of technology in this size to market, earning them the "Best of Innovations" award in the Video Display category.
LG claims their new line of televisions offer up to 8 million pixels per display with 4-times the resolution of normal HD televisions. As a tie-in to their smart home campaign, this new UltraHD TV also offers 3D gaming which can be streamed from their latest smartphones. Though this TV is capable of displaying 4K and high resolution images, there aren't any content providers offering up this new standard. Additionally, viewers have to don those fancy 3D glasses in order to have the large images fly at their face.
Finally, LG took the time to talk about their 100-inch Laser TV projection system, offering "cinema-style" viewing from a mere 22-inches away. Though they didn't mention pricing in the press conference, LG did announce that this Laser TV will be available in the States this March.
Each of the new LG televisions work with the new Magic Remote, which takes gesture and voice commands, as well as lets the user point to control their televisions.
We've left the press conference and will hit the LG booth this week to try out their new products and bring back pictures and videos from the CES floor. Stay tuned!