At CES, Internet of Things, wearables to steal show

At CES, Internet of Things, wearables to steal show

Expectations are high ahead of the 2014 International CES, which will be held in Las Vegas from Tuesday through Friday, giving tech insiders and enthusiasts a chance to catch a glimpse of the consumer electronics products that will shape trends in the coming year.

The Internet of Things (IoT), the world's largest ultra-HD TVs and wearable devices will receive much attention at this year's show.

Smart homes that talk your language

At the centre of IoT, which enables users to connect to gadgets and objects through smart devices, are smart homes.

Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, two Korean tech giants, will unveil advanced smart home systems at the event in the US after those shown at the IFA electronics trade show in Germany in September.

Samsung will reportedly display TVs and smartphones that let consumers monitor their houses and control home appliances such as vacuum cleaners and washing machines.

Samsung TVs that can be controlled by talking, using advanced natural language recognition or by hand gestures are also expected to draw much attention at the show.

Not to be outdone by its local rival, LG Electronics will show its own smart home systems with natural language processing.

By sending messages through mobile messenger LINE run by Naver Corp. to home appliances, users can turn on the devices, such as robotic vacuum cleaners and washing machines.

Through the chat function called "HomeChat," consumers can ask an automated vacuum cleaner to sweep the floors on a set schedule every day, enabling users to keep the house clean when they are away from home.

"Always at the forefront of innovation, LG is continually striving to inspire smarter consumer lifestyles in meaningful ways," said Jo Seong-jin, president and CEO of the LG Electronics' home appliance unit, adding "We're excited to be able to bring to CES our smart appliances with the newest communication and intelligence capabilities."

LG says it will apply the technology to a broader range of home appliances including refrigerators, washing machines and ovens.

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