LG Electronics to connect its home appliances with Amazon’s Echo smart speaker
Category: #retail  By Shikha Sinha  Date: 2017-08-29
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LG Electronics to connect its home appliances with Amazon’s Echo smart speaker

In a bid to develop its voice-activated artificial intelligence platform, LG Electronics is expanding its connections further with the online retail industry giant, Amazon. The Korean electronics manufacturer, LG, has unveiled its plan to connect its home appliances to the Amazon Alexa like it did with the Google Home three months ago. The company has further announced its plan to demonstrate the interworking between its home appliances and the Amazon Echo speaker at the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) that’s kicking off on September 1 in Berlin.

Amazon’s Echo was one of the star innovations that formed a part of the retail giant’s contribution in harnessing AI technology with speakers. Echo is a smart speaker equipped with Alexa - Amazons virtual assistant capable of recognizing human voices. However, at present Echo does not respond to any Korean voice command, which has prompted this partnership between LG and Amazon to develop compatible systems. As per sources, extensive research is being carried out which will set up the AI enabled devices in the market by the end of 2017 or somewhere in the early months of 2018. The company’s AI based smart home appliances that will be well-suited to work with the voice assistant include washing machines, air conditioners, refrigerators, air purifiers, dryers, robot cleaners and ovens.

LG’s latest expansion strategy with its Amazon partnership is a clear indication of the company’s aim to reach a broader spectrum of consumers and also enable a smooth experience to LG smart homes. LG has joined forces with both Google and Amazon since last year, and this will immensely benefit the electronics giant, as consumers of both the aforementioned behemoths will be able to operate LG products by issuing verbal commands to the speakers.

Over the past few years, LG has been pairing its home appliance products with voice activated devices through open platforms and open partnership arrangements, so that more customers can experience the benefits of AI based home appliances. The company has also developed its own AI platform called the Smart ThinQ Hub that runs on Alexa and was displayed at the IFA gathering of 2016. Earlier this year, LG also launched a smart fridge and home robot that works on Amazon’s AI-based personal assistant service.

While strengthening the partnership with the global leaders, LG is also emphasizing on unveiling its other technological breakthroughs which includes devices connected with the Internet of Things, robots, and smart home solutions in IFA, Germany.



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