Samsung, LG to showcase smart homes at CES

Samsung, LG to showcase smart homes at CES
Samsung Smart Home enables users to control home appliances through mobile gadgets.

LAS VEGAS ― Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics are poised to showcase their latest technologies at the International CES in Las Vegas from Tuesday.

The most significant aspect of the products and ideas from both Samsung and LG are the smart home initiatives.

Samsung introduced the "Samsung Smart Home" system, which is voice-activated. It also boasts compatibility with a broad range of electronic products that may in the future include rival brands.

Within the smart home system, connectivity between the smart watch Galaxy Gear and the smart household technology is expected to also receive much attention.

With the Galaxy Gear, consumers can remotely control their homes, such as turning the air conditioning or lighting on and off. Smartphones and remote controls for TV sets will also work as controllers for home appliances

Many of these remotes are embedded with voice recognition chips, so that instead of pressing the button, one can say phrases, such as "Good Night" to turn the TV off.

Further, Samsung said its smart electronics products were improved for better home security.

With Samsung's Home View, users can monitor their homes with their mobile devices that are wirelessly connected to a digital camera or cameras installed in other products, for example, laptops or refrigerators.

The tech firm will expand the range of products compatible with smart home services, or even collaborate with other electronics manufacturers to establish a smart home ecosystem where products of different brands can be connected together.

LG also unveiled home appliances for its smart home system incorporated with chat services provided by Korean portal Naver's mobile messenger LINE.

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