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LG’s SmartThinQ Hub aims to be the gateway to your automated home

By Ng Chong Seng - on 5 Jan 2016, 9:32am

LG’s SmartThinQ Hub aims to be the gateway to your automated home

At CES 2016, LG is also showing off its latest addition to the IoT ecosystem, the SmartThinQ Hub. Designed to be a “gateway to smart sensors and connected appliances in the home”, it also has the ability to display reminders from personal calendars and stream music from free iHeartRadio stations or a Bluetooth-enabled mobile device via its built-in speaker.

Sporting a metallic body, the SmartThinQ Hub works with smart washing machines, refrigerators, ovens, robotic vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, and a variety of sensors. Conventional home appliances can also connect to the SmartThinQ sensors over Wi-Fi, Zigbee, and Bluetooth. Thanks to its 3.5-inch color LCD display and integrated speaker, users can read or even hear notifications. Communication between the smart appliances and smart sensors is managed through a dedicated SmarThinQ app.

To ensure compatibility with devices from other manufacturers and service providers, the SmartThinQ Hub supports the AllJoyn Alliance open-source framework. LG recently formed a partnership with Lowe’s to integrate its smart devices with Lowe’s Iris smart home services. More partnerships are apparently in the works.

Source: LG.

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