LG to unveil IoT Deep Learning Smart Home kitchen appliance range at CES 2017

posted on Thursday, 22nd December 2016 by Steve May

Smart home  CES 2017  Appliances 


LG is putting the emphasis on IoT and Smart Home technology at CES 2017, with the introduction of its first appliance range to use ‘Deep Learning’ technology.

It says Deep Learning will allow white goods to “better understand their users by gathering and studying customers’ lifestyle patterns over time.” It says this process never ends and improves over time to provide customers with new solutions to everyday problems.

LG's first Deep Learning line-up comprises a robot vacuum cleaner, refrigerator, air conditioner and washing machine.

Using Deep Learning technology, the robot cleaner will be able to recognise objects around the room and capture surface images. It will remember obstacles and learn to avoid them over time. LG says it will even recognise electrical wires and slippers. If obstructed by a person in the room, it will politely ask them to move out of the way.

The smart refrigerator will analyse usage and eating patterns, and make predictive judgements, such as automatically filling the ice tray at the time of the day when cold drinks are most in demand. 

Similarly, the smart air conditioner will monitor the behavior patterns of its homeowners to determine which parts of the home are most occupied during the day. The idea being to prioritise fast cooling areas.

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LG’s smart washing machine can learn about the local environment. In areas with hard water, it will adjusts the water temperature and the amount of water used to counter the effects of excessive calcium carbonate) on clothes.

“Deep Learning technology is the next phase in the evolution of smart appliances, and as an industry leader, we have the responsibility of being an early mover,” explains Song Dae-hyun, president of LG Electronics and Home Appliance & Air Solutions company. “But even more important than what appliances are capable of will be how companies behave when entrusted with data. At LG, we believe performance and convenience do not mean having to sacrifice security and privacy. They can and should exist simultaneously.”

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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