LG’s vision of a “better” and “more beautiful” future will be driven by innovation in the home-centric sector of the internet of things (IoT), according to Skott Ahn, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.
Ahn said the concept of a better life can be described as one that is “more convenient than yesterday” and that this can be driven by meaningful connections between devices across the stages of everyone’s lives.
Speaking at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, Ahn defined the internet of things as not just apps and the devices that drive connected devices, but a connected environment that can provide meaning by influencing the surroundings of a user, as opposed to just collecting and displaying data.
LG has aimed to achieve this through platforms such as LG WebOS and LG Wellness. LG WebOS is currently used in LG connected TV’s around the home and in hotels to provide faster connected content television.
The LG Wellness platform collects data on a user’s sleep patterns, heart rate and movement, then uses the data collected to improve the user’s environment through lighting and air condition.
LG also talked about its partnerships with IoT innovators such as Allseen Alliance and One M2M to provide a better connected home and integrate current smarthome services.
LG Homechat has been developed to allow users to use voice commands from their Homechat-connected smartwatch to communicate with connected devices in the home.
It will feature a power-down option that allows users to put all their devices and Nest heating system in standby while they’re out. Also, if users tell their smartwatch their intended destination, Homechat will feed that information automatically to their satellite navigation system as they get into their vehicle.
LG marketing leader for home appliances and electronics David VanderWaal said activities in the home are divided into things people want to do and things people have to do. LG plans to provide appliances to the make the have-to-do activities easier, including connected washing machines and refrigerators designed to save energy and time, he said.
Frank Lee, head of LG mobile communications, unveiled the release of this year’s LG smartphone at CES 2015. The LG G Flex 2 is a curved handset running Android 5.0 Lollipop to provide a traditional device with increased connectivity.
LG said the handset was designed to enhance “innovation and convenience”, offering the most comfortable measurements for calls and browsing. The screen is also said to be more durable to avoid cracking. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.