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An LG Electronics employee chats with LG refrigerator through Home Chat using her smartphone. LG Electronics said Sunday it is launching the Home Chat service, which connects users with home electronics through a mobile messenger, in the United States by the end of the year. [NEWSIS]

LG Electronics’ smart home service Home Chat, which connects mobile messengers such as Line and KakaoTalk with home electronics, will debut in the United States by the end of the year.

LG launched the Home Chat service in Korea in April and is planning on expanding the service overseas, starting with the United States, one of the largest potential smart home markets in the world.

It allows users to control LG’s smart electronic devices remotely.

LG Electronics has been working with other global smart platform companies such as Internet of Things platform developer Alljoyn to provide various smart home services.

“By launching the Home Chat service, which provides differentiated customer value in one of the largest smart home markets, LG will strengthen its leadership in smart home electronics,” said Cho Joo-wan, managing director of the LG Electronics U.S. Corporation.

Currently, the service is available with two of LG’s French-door refrigerators, one washing machine, a dryer and an oven. LG plans to expand the number of products that can communicate through a mobile messenger.

The Home Chat service also connects to the intelligent Nest thermostat for households, which learns the temperatures users like and allows remote control through Wi-Fi.

Nest can also monitor its current mode on its own, even without user operation to suggest the optimum mode.

LG’s smart refrigerator has a power-saving Smart Grid function intended to save electricity for consumers while providing information on how many times the doors have been opened.

The smart washing machine informs users about customized washing modes.

The smart dryer can automatically prevent creases.

LG’s smart oven informs the users through the Home Chat screen when warming-up or cooking is done. Ysers can set the oven’s temperature and cooking time through a mobile application.

BY KIM JUNG-YOON [kjy@joongang.co.kr]

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