From your pocket to your wrist, TV, fridge, washing machine and various other home appliances, technology is rapidly moving forward, aiming to make every aspect of your life “smarter” and interconnected as long as you don’t lose control over the many gadgets you’ve started to amass.
What you may need to keep tabs on everything is a so-called “gateway to smart sensors and connected appliances in the home” unveiled by LG earlier today and set to be showcased and fully detailed at CES 2016 in Las Vegas next week.
The SmartThinQ Hub (quite a mouthful) greatly resembles the Amazon Echo at a first glance, but also adds a 3.5-inch color LCD display in the equation for visual notification and reminder purposes. Alternatively, the fashionable cylinder can broadcast relevant audio information to the user through its embedded speaker, as well as stream music from iHeartRadio or your compatible phone and tablet via Bluetooth.
If that doesn’t sound very different from what the Echo is capable of, we should mention the LG SmartThinQ Hub more actively collaborates, monitors and controls things like ovens, robotic vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, air conditioners, LED lighting equipment and so on and so forth, playing the role of the perfect liaison for your own little Internet of Things ecosystem.
Bottom line, this is so much more than a smart wireless speaker, offering support for third-party AllJoyn Alliance-authorized devices too, and most definitely, carrying a higher price tag than the Amazon Echo. That and a release date are essentially the only important tidbits left to be divulged at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Source: LG Newsroom