LG wants all of your home appliances to think for themselves
Who wants to be outsmarted by their fridge?
CES 2017 isn’t officially underway until tomorrow, but as per usual there are plenty of press conferences and announcements coming though in the build-up. One of the exhibitors in Las Vegas is LG, which will be showing off a new range of smart home appliances that use artificial intelligence to learn how best to perform their sole purpose in life.
You may be scratching your head and struggling to think of any appliances that could benefit from being able to think, but LG has picked out four to start things off. There’s a washing machine, a fridge, an air conditioner and a vacuum cleaner. Each one will, in its own way, learn about you and your home and selflessly try to make your life that little bit more comfortable.
Take the vacuum cleaner, for starters. Robot cleaners are nothing new, even if they haven’t replaced the classic stand-up vacuum in most peoples’ homes just yet. LG’s new one differentiates itself from the dumb robots of yesterday by taking surface images of rooms as it cleans, learning the obstacles that are in places, making it less likely to trip up on things in future. Its robot soul can tell the difference between objects and people and will – and this is a direct quote from the press release – “politely ask that they step aside in order to continue the cleaning process”. I’m imagining a cross between Wall-E and Chibi Robo, which almost certainly means I’ll be disappointed.
Currys PC World launches ‘UK’s Lowest Price’ sale: guarantees to drop big-brand tech deals each week
Each week until Easter Currys PC World is discounting top tech, starting with the HP Stream 11.6-inch laptop.
T3’s Deal-o-saurus rex has been let off its leash and, after rampaging through T3 Towers’ sub-basement – giving Jeff the janitor quite a bit to tidy up in the process we can tell you! – managed to break free out into the UK and sniff out this deal-tastic sale from Currys PC World.
Grandly entitled the “UK’s Lowest Price” sale, the event – which starts today – will see Currys PC World “guarantee to be the UK’s lowest price on at least one key big-brand product each week in the run up to Easter.” This week that big-brand product is the HP Stream 11.6-inch laptop for just £195.
HOOVER DXA48W3 Washing Machine – White
- Capacity: 8 kg
- Spin speed: 1400 rpm
- Quick wash time: 14 minutes
- Energy rating: A+++
- One-year manufacturer’s guarantee
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