Thursday, 05 January 2017 16:35

LG brings webOS and Alexa to smart fridge

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LG is putting on show a new line of refrigerators at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show. The models have voice control and remote viewing courtesy of the LG webOS operating system which is used in its smart TVs.

The new refrigerator, called Smart InstaView, has an array of features provided by Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service and powered by LG’s own webOS smart platform. Initially, it will be available in the US only.

LG’s new flagship Door-in-Door refrigerator features a 29-inch touch LCD display, that turns transparent with two knocks on the screen. Via WebOS, owners can also explore Wi-Fi-enabled features on the refrigerator.

“By working with Amazon, we can broaden our smart refrigerator’s capabilities and further provide our customers with a pleasurable cooking and dining experience,” said Song Dae-Hyun, president of LG Electronics and Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Our Smart InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator will allow users to enjoy their kitchen experience like never before.”

Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service gives users access to an intelligent personal assistant that, in addition to searching recipes, can play music, place Prime-eligible orders from Amazon.com including groceries, and add items to a shopping list. With more than 6000 skills available, Alexa can also control one’s smart home, request car service, set kitchen timers and check the weather using voice.

The LG Smart InstaView refrigerator has a Smart Tag menu that allows users to add stickers and tags on the screen and also the ability to input the expiry date of each item, so the refrigerator can issue reminders about theior expiry. Family members can set up memos for each other and create to-do lists that display on the screen. To check inside the refrigerator remotely, a 2.0-megapixel panoramic super-wide-lens camera captures images from different angles which are accessible via smartphone.

“For many families, the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house and a place where they often find their hands tied. Now consumers have even more convenience in their homes, all just by using their voice and Alexa,” said Mike George, vice-president, Amazon Alexa. “In working with an innovative home appliance company like LG, we can truly showcase how much better life can be for consumers everywhere starting with updating one of the most important appliances in the home.”

LG Smart Instaview Refrigerator

 


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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