LG Advances Smart Home Platform

LG Electronics will unveil its newest addition to its smart home ecosystem, the LG Smart ThinQ Hub, at CES 2016.

According to the company, the LG Smart ThinQ Hub serves as a gateway to smart sensors and connected appliances in the home while also displaying reminders from personal calendars and streaming music from its built-in speaker. The hub features a 3.5-inch color LCD display and connects to a smartphone app to facilitate two-way communication with smart appliances and smart sensors in the home.

The Smart ThinQ Hub monitors, controls and collects information from home appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators, ovens, robotic vacuum cleaners, air conditioners and a variety of sensors. Data is displayed in the form of notifications on the LCD screen or announced through its speaker, acting as the central hub of the smart home. This allows users to communicate via a single device instead of a separate smartphone app for each smart-enabled product, the company noted.

The Smart ThinQ Hub is also compatible with a number of devices from other manufacturers and service providers that support the AllJoyn Alliance open source framework in the form of smart home packages, which will soon become available for purchase. An Energy Package consists of the Smart ThinQ Hub as well as smart lighting and an energy measurement sensor. A Safety Package will include the Smart ThinQ Hub, a Lowe’s Iris motion sensor, a contact sensor and water leak sensor. 

“The LG Smart ThinQ Hub is just another example of the open approach we believe is the future of the smart home,” said Seong-jin Jo, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “An open platform and strong partnerships with industry leaders are what will make smart home technology more accessible and more convenient to consumers. And, at the end of the day, that is what our smart home strategy is all about.”

CES will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 6-9.