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Leslie Horn of Gizmodo reports, “LG has a new messaging service that lets you tell all of your appliances—from washing machines to ovens—what you need them to do. The service was announced at the company’s CES press conference, and should go into effect in the next few months with the release of the LG’s newest line of smart appliances. Say you need to turn your oven on or you need to stop the dryer. Message via Home Chat and you can get these things done. It uses natural language processing to understand what you’re saying to your smart appliances in a text message. You don’t have to use commands—just speak naturally. So in terms of real-world application, you can text the washer and ask ‘what are you doing?’ and it’ll say ‘spin cycle’ or whatever it’s up to. Or you can check with your fridge to see what’s inside, instead of forgetting something at the grocery store. It’s just like texting with your machines.”

 

Dean Takahashi of VentureBeat also wrote, “To do the chat, LG has partnered with Japan’s Line, the popular mobile messaging client for smartphoness and tablets… In a video, the chat system looked like an instant messenger client. The actor in the video asked, ‘Any beer in the fridge?’ And the fridge answered. You can also do things like send text instructions to your vacuum robot and control your home remotely. The South Korean company also spilled some early news about its Lifeband Touch fitness tracker, a wristband that tracks your physical activity.”

 

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