LG Electronics Showcases 'Digital Home' Innovations
Industry Leader Takes 'Home Network' to Next
Level With Latest Internet-Enabled, Networked Home Appliances
In an aggressive move to reinforce its commitment
to establishing the latest in digital home appliance solutions in
today's digital age, LG Electronics, a leading global consumer products
manufacturer, today unveiled the latest innovations to its "Home
Network" system at the 2005 International Builders' Show. LG's next
evolution of home appliance technology, home network and full line
of Internet-enabled appliances, along with its other home appliance
introductions, will be on display at the show all week, at the Orlando
Convention Center (Booth #W1501), January 13-16, 2005.
The LG Home Network is a future appliance
system that helps consumers control their home appliances, search
information anytime, anywhere, and communicate with their home devices
remotely via the power of the Internet. LG's digital home network
system comprises four individual appliances previously introduced
by LG in other markets outside of the U.S., including LG's Internet
refrigerator, Internet microwave, Internet washing machine and Internet
air-conditioner, all which connect and communicate via power line
communication (PLC) to allow for complete and direct communication
remotely, via the Internet.
The four LG products are high-end, fully
functional appliances with a futuristic yet sleek design that reinforces
the company's commitment to R&D and bringing 'best-of-breed' products
to market that address rapid industry change, and growing consumer
demand and need.
"LG's advances in digital home appliance
technology have been widely followed and emulated throughout the
appliance arena," said Teddy Hwang, President of Digital Appliances
for LG Electronics, U.S.A. "Our knowledge of how people interact
with their home appliances, coupled with our considerable patent
portfolio and continued stream of consumer electronics innovations,
is propelling us to new heights. The LG Home Network is the emerging
trend in home appliances that features built-in communication capabilities,
providing people with added convenience and safety at home, and
more time for leisure. We are excited to continue to expand LG's
Home Network in the future to other parts of the world."
While these unique products are great devices
on their own, when connected together and once activated via the
PLC system, they can communicate and essentially "talk" to one another.
Now, consumers can have full access to their digital appliances
while they're in the office via their computer, or on-the-go via
their mobile phone -- enabling them to turn their washing machine
on, download a recipe or cool their home down at the mere touch
of a button. The LG Internet Refrigerator, which will be available
in the U.S. in the near future, serves as the 'heart and soul' of
LG's Home Network -- as it contains a server which controls the
communication to the other three appliances.
With the increasing efficiency of broadband
networks and rising Internet penetration rates, some countries outside
of the U.S. are seeing an earlier-than-expected realization of the
networked home. LG's Home Network system operates in three developmental
-- Stage One: i-@ble stage -- Individual
Internet-enabled products such as the previously announced LG Internet
refrigerator, Internet washing machine, Internet microwave and Internet
-- Stage Two: Living network stage -- Involves the connection of
the individual Internet products via a network, and the enabling
of remote home control and home automation. An example of this is
LG Electronics' home networking system, the first of its kind worldwide,
which was launched in Britain and Mexico in 2002. The system enables
home tasking, such as remote-controlled lighting within the home
and remote control of various appliances, as well as home security.
-- Stage Three: e-Home stage -- LG's "total home solution," offers
complete home management, such as self-diagnosis and automatic reporting.
It also provides home safety, advanced home security, and home entertainment
Products specifications and availability
are subject to change.