LG has become one of the first brands that will have its line of smart appliances respond to two AI assistants based on the user’s need. The South Korean tech firm had announced that its SmartThinQ series will be supporting both rival AIs – Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Some of the appliances that are included in the list are refrigerators, ranges, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air conditioners, air purifiers, vacuums and more.
“LG’s open platform, open partnership, open connectivity ecosystem enables the company’s smart products to work with a range of leading external partners – including Amazon and Google – to deliver the best, most convenient smart home experience that works with individual consumers’ lifestyles,” said the firm in a release.
Senior vice president of marketing, LG Electronics USA in a statement added that “With LG SmartThinQ appliances, we’ve made it simpler than ever to create a smart home experience that helps consumers better manage their busy lives. Whether they prefer to use our SmartThinQ mobile app or voice commands with either Amazon Alexa or the Google Assistant, LG lets the consumer choose what’s right for them when it comes to controlling their smart home.”
For end users this means that they can pre heat their microwaves, start your washing machine and more remotely, right from the smartphone. Users will also be able to give voice commands to the assistant-enabled smartphones to check the time remaining during wash cycles or to make more ice in the refrigerator or adjust the thermostat and more. In addition, since Google Assistant can differentiate voice of different users, it will also be able to customise itself according to their interests.
LG last year started working towards integrating AI in their appliances. In September, LG announced that it is bringing the Google Assistant support to 87 of its Wi-Fi connected smart home appliances.