The “Internet Of Things” is still still a market in its relative infancy, even with the crazy amount of attempts to make the TV smarter. Some companies have succeeded at this, like in the case of Nest, and others have gone back to the drawing board a repeated amount of times. Just as we saw Google giving this a second try at Google I/O, today we learn of an OEM that’s also trying.
LG has just announced that it’ll be showcasing its new new SmartTinQ Sensor at IFA. The idea is that you connect this product to your existing refrigerator, washing machine, and other home appliances including the Smart Lightwave Oven and Smart Air Conditioner with support for AllJoyn. Obviously it’s hard for this sensor to make every existing product smarter, but it includes some nifty tricks in order to become useful. In the case of a washing machine for example, the sensor will detect vibrations and notify the companion app that the wash has ended. The level of access to smart features will highly depend on the product.
We should learn more about this product at IFA, as the most important thing we’re waiting to confirm is the price point.