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LG unveils smart home robots, Wi-Fi appliances, and ultra-thin TV

Blair Hanley Frank | Jan. 5, 2017
The company wants to make customers' homes smarter

What's interesting is that LG has also been working with Amazon to integrate the online retailer's Alexa assistant into its new Smart InstaView Door-in-Door refrigerator, so that users can do things like get answers to questions and order groceries from Amazon. However, these robots don't use Alexa to underpin their intelligence.

On top of all that, the company is also working on security and senior care robots, which would put it in competition with a variety of other players in the space.

HDTV, wallpaper-style

In LG's continuing quest to compete with TV makers for consumer dollars, the company launched a new line of ultra-thin televisions built to blend into a customer's wall.

The new LG Signature OLED TV W-series sports a super thin display panel that's designed to sit only a few millimeters away from the wall it's mounted on, while still showing a high-quality picture. All of this is made possible because of OLED technology, which doesn't require backlighting to work.

The 65-inch W7 TV is just 2.57 millimeters deep and is built to be attached directly to a wall using magnetic brackets. The company will also offer a 77-inch W7 TV. The display panel is then connected using a proprietary cable to a large sound bar that also serves as a hub for connecting devices like cable boxes and media players to the TV.

LG hasn’t disclosed pricing for the new TVs yet, but they're likely going to cost a pretty penny.

There's still plenty more news to come from CES, with several chipmakers, electronics manufacturers, and carmakers still to present their announcements. Stay tuned.

 

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