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LG wants your appliances to upgrade their capabilities as your lifestyle changes

By Ken Wong - on 3 Feb 2022, 11:59am

LG wants your appliances to upgrade their capabilities as your lifestyle changes

LG says 20 upgradable appliances will be released this year. Image source: LG.

Imagine a world where your appliances can upgrade themselves and do more as your lifestyle changes.

For example, your air purifier adds on a pet care filter to also get rid of pet fur and dander when you bring a new puppy home, or your dryer can download more cleaning options for different fabrics and climate conditions.

Well, that could be the new reality of LG appliances under the concept of Evolving Appliances For You. With the concept, LG envisages their appliances having upgradable capabilities to incorporate new features developed in the future based on owners’ usage patterns and habits.

The LG ThinQ App will be a factor in the upgrading. Image source: LG.

While hardware upgrades could involve purchasing an add-on item, software upgrades could be as simple as adding features from the LG ThinQ app.

Lyu Jae-cheol, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company. said:  

Upgradeability challenges the idea that expensive appliances are designed with planned obsolescence in mind. We want customers to experience the feeling of getting a new washer or refrigerator throughout the entire lifecycle of an LG appliance, not just the first time they bring the item home.

According to the company, they are planning to introduce approximately twenty upgradable appliances this year. Customers in specific markets can expect to see LG’s first upgradable washer and dryer later this year.

It will be interesting to see what this plan from LG really brings about. Top of the range appliances from LG and Samsung aren’t cheap but being upgradable can add to their long-term use. If they can last a lifetime as well, then we could be looking that is truly market changing.

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