The LG SmartThinQ hub, which characteristics a built-in speaker unit and a 3.5 inch screen, can be used to monitor and control a host of smart appliances. The likes of washing machines, refrigerators, ovens, air conditioners can be synced with the devices. Conventional appliances are also compatible if they are hooked up to LG SmartThinQ sensors via WiFi and Bluetooth.
The data is shown on the LG screen and can also be announced using the speaker. The speaker also comes in handy for streaming music from a smartphone, while reminders will also be played through LG SmartThinQ device. Thousands of free stations are also available through iHeartRadio.
The idea is for the unit, which operates on the AllJoyn Alliance open source framework, to be the central hub of the emerging smart home. we will chase up the news on pricing and availability for this Amazon Echo like gadget from the show floor in Vegas next week.
The cylindrical LG SmartThinQ Hub can communicate with a variety of devices using common smart home protocols, including Bluetooth, Z-Wave and ZigBee. When your smart home is up to something. The Hub boasts compatibility with the Nest Learning Thermostat, which is the online automation service “IFTTT” and color changing smart LEDs Lifx among others.
There isn’t any word on SmartThinQ Home Smart Hub that will actually help any of those devices work together or perform its own mechanisation and rule making functions within the smartphone app. The SmartThinQ will work directly with its sensor for refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioners that LG revealed back in September.