In trying to minimize the effort that goes into daily chores to give you more free time to attend to priority tasks, you will soon be able to apply the power of robotics to meet your daily household needs thanks to LG’s newly announced Hub Robot.
Once viewed merely as machines capable of performing automated work, robots were typically used to complete tasks that required incredible precision or were too dangerous for humans to do themselves. But that has all changed in recent years with advances leading to the development of intelligent machines that can think, a feat that was once only possible in the world of film and television.
The move to design intelligent and robotic home appliances has primarily been driven by the burgeoning middle class living on the fast lane and working on a razor-thin schedule, creating the demand for time-saving appliances.
Appliances are progressively becoming smartened up thanks to sensors and other embedded technologies. They are becoming intelligent by integration with mobile devices and the internet. This ‘intelligent’ quality ultimately enhances human capabilities.
LG’s advances in technology saw it recently introduce ‘LG Smart Home’, which is built around the idea of unifying multiple smart appliances into a single, cohesive system in order to increase convenience and simplicity.
For example, the company’s smart refrigerator has several innovative, convenience-enhancing features such as Smart View, Smart Power Saving and Smart Manager. Smart View employs the industry’s first built-internal refrigerator camera to allow users to see the content of the refrigerator using a smartphone or tablet. Every time the fridge door is opened, the camera captures images of the interior shelves. Users can check these images through HomeChat™ to quickly assess what they need to buy while they’re at the supermarket, helping to save time and preventing unnecessary purchases.
Moreover, LG Smart Manager also transforms the refrigerator into a complete food management system with a handy recipe search function which presents the user with a variety of tasty meal options based on the items stored in the refrigerator.
When it comes to washing machines, LG’s smart washing machine is equipped with several smart technologies that simplify the task of doing laundry. Guided Laundry can recommend and automatically apply the optimal settings for any type of laundering scenario. For example, for mango juice spills, simply texting “remove juice stains” on HomeChat™ will initiate One Touch Washing to prescribe the appropriate course of action.
Though smart appliances are designed to make life easier for users, the reality is that competing systems actually multiply complexity and prevent consumers from seeing the appeal of smart homes. The reality is that one of the biggest challenge has been how to bring together devices from multiple smart home ecosystems and making the Internet of Things (IoT) more accessible to the average consumer.
To address this concern, the company has designed the LG Hub Robot which has the capability of tying the entire smart home together under a single-user friendly interface. The robot comes with a voice recognition technology that easily allows it to connect to other smart LG home appliances, uniting them into a single streamlined ecosystem.
Furthermore, the Hub Robot keeps the family in sync by keeping track of all the activities occuring inside the home while simultaneosly personalizing itself to each individual member of the household. Although it is yet to make it to the market, by making the benefits of connected IoT technology more accessible than ever before, the Hub Robot is positioned to become the true centerpiece of the next generation smart homes.
While the Hub Robot might not meet the robot definition of some purists, the innovative home assistant still applies some of the most advanced technologies in order to create a more comfortable and convenient environment in the home.
Information regarding its expected release date or pricing of is still not available, but when the gadget is finally realeased, it is expected to revolutionalise how consumers meet their daily household needs.