South Korean consumer electronics unveiled an interesting sensor for the connected home.
LG unveiled the SmartThinQ sensor and smart hub for the connected home. The LG AIHC61 is a smart sensor 40mm in diameter that can be attached on conventional appliances to make them smart.
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Users can use the smart button to get a notification when the laundry is ready. The LG AIHC61 is detecting when the vibration of the washing machine stopped, concluding that the laundry is done.
The universal sensor also is able to monitor windows and doors and alert if they are opened. Another use is to control the air conditioner as the sensor has a built in temperature sensor.
The sensor button can be controlled and set via a smartphone app. The concept of a unversal sensor is intriguing. It gives consumers a certain amount of of creativity of what they can do with it. Sensor nodes like the LG AIHC61 are basically a commodity today. I have experimented with the Ti Sensor node development kit, which basically offers the complete set of sensors necessary to make a sensor button like LG.
LG's new Smart Hub works with Zigbee and wi-fi. It hooks into your Google calendar and other internet services and home entertainment systems via Bluetooth.
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The LG SmartThinQ smart hub and a set of three smart sensors will go on sale for about $260 in South Korea.