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LG Promotes AI-Embedded Home Appliances

Amid the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) technology, LG Electronics has been placing AI technology into its home appliances to become one of the leading players.

The Korean tech giant recently said its combined shipment of home appliances connected to wi-fi surpassed 5 million worldwide.

With a goal to expand its AI capabilities, LG has been applying wi-fi functions to its home appliances — air conditioners, refrigerators, washers, robot vacuum cleaners and TVs — since last year.

The company also said the number of downloads of its SmartThingQ smartphone app has surpassed 2 million. The company said it took only 7 months to double the number of downloads.

“LG’s AI technology has been received well by consumers as the devices boast a high voice recognition rate,” an LG spokesman said. “Interest in all things AI is rapidly rising in the industry and LG has focused on how convenient the AI technology would be for our consumers.”

LG has said it wants an open partnership, open platform and open connectivity to expand its smart home ecosystem. The company’s CEO and Vice Chairman Jo Seong-jin will deliver a keynote regarding LG’s AI strategy based on those strategies at the IFA consumer electronics fair, slated to be held in Berlin from August 31, 2018 to September 5, 2018.

To achieve the goal, LG has been joining forces with AI powerhouses such as Google and Amazon. For its AI speaker LG ThinQ Hub, LG has been using Korean internet giant Naver’s Clova AI platform.

As part of the company’s AI expansion plan, LG said it will unveil a voice recognition steam closet during the upcoming IFA fair.

Powered-by ThinQ AI technology, consumers of the steam closet Styler can activate the device by saying “Hi, LG,” and select a cleaning cycle, check for problems and get a recommendation for the right cleaning cycle for their clothes.

With the AI-powered steam closet, LG said it will solidify its market leadership. LG is the first company to roll out the steam closet gadget. Though it received mixed responses from the industry and consumers when it was launched in 2011, more consumers have discovered its convenience. Now it has become a vital home appliance.

LG has sold than 200,000 Styler steam closets solely in Korea. The device is available in 13 countries including the US, Japan, China, Germany, and Russia.

While the company has concentrated on the business-to-consumer market, LG said it plans to expand its sales to the business-to-business market such as hotels, condominiums and restaurants. – Korea Times

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