Have you ever considered buying new, ‘Smart’ appliances, but couldn’t justify the cost?
If you are like many homeowners, you are fascinated by the new technology that goes into them. We now have access to appliances that can ‘think’. While some of these technological advances are amazing, some are just plain silly.
But if you are one that would like to take advantage of some of these advances, but are unwilling or unable to pay the price, you now have an alternative.
LG Electronics has just come out with a new set of devices that can turn your old ‘dumb’ appliances into smart, connected ones which can interact with the latest mobile communication devices.
They are SmartThinQ sensors and SmartThinQ Hub.
The smart sensor is attached to old, plain home appliances with no connectivity, such as conventional washers, dryers and refrigerators, to enable a connection between the electronic appliances and the user’s smartphone.
When attached to a washer, the sensor will detect movement and let the user know when washing is completed. It can also let users know when their washer itself needs to be cleaned by counting the number of uses over an extended period of time, the company said.
When put on a refrigerator, the smart device will let users know when the contents of the refrigerator will expire.
It can also be used to remotely activate or deactivate various home appliances, including air conditioners and robot vacuum cleaners.
The SmartThinQ Hub works as a connection hub between smart sensors and other devices.
The introduction price of the new smart devices was set at 299,000 won ($256) for a package of three SmartThinQ sensors and one SmartThinQ hub, the company said. (Yonhap)