LG’s latest range of home appliances features a fridge with THINQ technology, which could make it one of the coolest fridges you can buy. The LG fridge includes a LCD screen that tells you what’s inside, what sell-by dates are coming up and can even connect to your phone to tell you what you need to buy when you’re at the shops. And that’s just the beginning for LG’s newest home appliance technology.
Home Economics Meets Home Bionics with LG THINQ
It’s part of the LG brand’s new Smart technology, which will eventually allow users to operate household appliances wirelessly via a home network. From what was on display at this year’s CES 2011 show, it really does look like LG’s Smart technology is pioneering home appliance control.
It’s not just refrigerators that get the THINQ technology work-over, it’s ovens, washer machines & dryers and even a robot vacuum cleaner known as a HOM-BOT. That’s right, through the inclusion of a camera, infra-red sensors and ultrasonic technology, you can now vacuum your home from your Smartphone.
LG THINQ Be The Master Of Your Home
The five main features of the LG THINQ technology system include
- Smart Grid
- Smart Diagnosis
- Smart Access
- Smart Adapt
- Food Management
And it all comes together on a control panel known as a Smart Meter that you can connect to over your home wireless network. The Smart Meter allows you to monitor electricity consumption and cost, direct the robot vacuum cleaner and even identify what foods are running low in the fridge. All you need to do is connect to your home network from your Smartphone or tablet device while you’re out and about.
For example, Smart Diagnosis lets you know when something has gone wrong with a home appliance, instantly directing a technician or a repair-person to the source of the problem. It can even let you know that you left the fridge door opened. Downloading updates and new apps for the technology can be done at a touch of a button via the Smart Adapt function.
LG THINQ: The Future Of Your Home In Your Hands
It looks like LG’s THINQ technology could be on the market as early as this year (2011). So, in the not so distant future you should be able to vacuum your living room, put on a dinner, make ice for your drinks and even wash your clothes for the following day, before you’ve even left the office. Could it be that the clichéd 60s image of the futuristic home you can control from anywhere in the world is actually becoming reality?