IoT devices shine brightest at 2016 CES
At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, however, Korean companies are sending a clear signal that the Internet of Things (IoT) is poised to become a part of daily life.
Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, the two biggest consumer electronics producers in Korea, held the biggest spaces among all exhibitors at the annual show in Las Vegas, which runs through Jan. 9. They used the room to demonstrate how their home devices connect to each other through the Internet and operate organically according to users’ needs.
Samsung showed off its open IoT platform SmartThings, acquired in 2014, which allows users to control other smart home devices.
“Applying SmartThings into current household devices is a major step forward that will make it much easier for everyone to experience the benefits of a smart home,” said Alex Hawkinson, CEO and co-founder of SmartThings.
SmartThings works with some 200 devices, as Samsung has forged an array of partnerships with other producers and service providers.
LG’s own smartThinQ platform will connect appliances at home through a smartphone app that facilitates two-way communication. On the hub’s 3.5-inch color liquid crystal display, users can also see reminders from their calendar or play music from a built-in speaker.
LG Electronics is also using the Consumer Electronics Show as a chance to debut a paper-thin 55-inch OLED TV display and a pair of 65-inch OLED displays with “extreme” concave and convex curves.
Some 30 smaller Korean companies also set up booths at the fair as a foray into international markets.
Coway, a leading water and air purifier producer, is showing off an array of its latest household products. The company’s IoCare air purifier is able to provide 16 different options depending on the air quality and environment, such as high level of moisture or fine dust, which has been made possible by the company’s analysis of some three billion pieces of big data on household air.
Cammsys, an electronic parts maker, is unveiling a high-definition monitor that offers a 360-degree viewing angle for use with automobile dash cams.
Iriver, an audio company, will promote its Astell & Kern device, a high-end media player capable of delivering exceptional sound quality.
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