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LG is going all in it would appear with it’s new Deep Learning concept for the domestic appliances it produces, including robotic vacuum cleaners in its ongoing efforst to build a better mousetrap.
Of course we are very skeptical about the notion of connected appliances or smart appliances as, to date, we’ve not see a single use case where they make a lot of sense (if any) outside of a trade show or brochure. This is the reason we normally tell people to steer clear of them, unless you want to impress your friends and neighbours with the latest and greatest whizz bang stuff. Even if they might then think you have more money than sense.
But with this latest press release, which is a part of the gearing up hype to CES 2017 that takes place in Las Vegas next month, we’re really not really completely sure what LG are on about.
We think they’re saying what they’ve done is made the machines have a bit of a memory and to allow them to base what they do around what they learn through use. No doubt it’ll be hailed as some form of AI by some but we’re not so sure.
Self learning to a degree but most of what is here can be done by other means.
How useful it all is in the real world to normal people actually using the machines we don’t know for sure but, we’d expect not a lot when you get right down to it.
The fact that data security is mentioned though, that worries us!
LG Press Release
To advance the functionality of today's home appliances to a whole new level, LG Electronics (LG) is set to deliver an unparalleled level of performance and convenience to the home with deep learning technology to be unveiled at CES® 2017. LG deep learning technology will allow home appliances to better understand their users by gathering and studying customers' lifestyle patterns over time. This process never ends and improves over time to provide customers with new solutions to everyday problems.
Robot Cleaner: Improved Performance Through Memory
Using multiple sensors and LG's deep learning technology, LG's newest robotic vacuum cleaner will recognize objects around the home, such as wires and shoes, and react accordingly. By capturing surface images of different rooms, the intelligent cleaner remembers obstacles and learns to avoid them over time. The LG robotic vacuum can also maneuver around household objects and differentiate between them and a person. Should someone stand directly in the vacuum's path, it will politely ask that they step aside in order to continue the cleaning process.
Refrigerator: Smarter Convenience
LG's deep learning is also enhancing the convenience LG's smart refrigerator brings to consumers. By analyzing usage and eating patterns, LG's deep learning refrigerator performs a variety of tasks by "predicting" the family's activities based on their past behavior, such as automatically filling the ice tray at the time of the day when cold drinks are most in demand. In the summer, LG's smart refrigerator can initiate the 4-stage sterilization system on its own to extend food life when it senses temperature and humidity conditions that may contribute to food spoilage.
Air Conditioner: Even Better Energy Saving and Performance
LG's smart air conditioner equipped with LG deep learning technology analyzes the daily behavior patterns of its homeowners, including the parts of the home most occupied at certain times throughout the day. With this information, LG's deep learning enabled air conditioner is able to assess how to provide the most comfortable temperatures quickly and efficiently, providing fast cooling to specific areas of the home families use at a greater frequency and for longer periods of time such as the living room or kitchen.
Washing Machine: Optimal Performance in Any Situation
The new technology helps LG's washing machine learn about the local environment and the user's everyday activities in order to provide the optimal washing performance. For example, in areas with hard water, LG's smart washing machine adjusts the temperature and the amount of water used to counter the effects of hard water on clothes. In areas where dust storms are common, the washing machine automatically adds another rinse cycle for enhanced cleaning.
"Deep learning technology is the next phase in the evolution of smart appliances, and as an industry leader, we have the responsibility of being an early mover," said Song Dae-hyun, president of LG Electronics and Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. "But even more important than what appliances are capable of will be how companies behave when entrusted with data. At LG, we believe performance and convenience do not mean having to sacrifice security and privacy. They can and should exist simultaneously."