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LG U+ introduces smart bathroom services in partnership with local brands Inus Bath and Himpel on Monday. [LG U+]

The Internet of Things has finally come to the porcelain throne, as LG U+ launched internet-connected bidet-toilets and ventilators on Monday.

The mobile carrier teamed up with the local bathroom brand Inus Bath to offer bidet-toilets equipped with Internet of Things technology.

Using LG’s smart home app, customers can remotely flush the toilet or adjust the hydraulic pressure of the bidets. The app also enables customers to set their toilet seats to warm up at certain times and temperatures.

The telecom partnered with local manufacturer Himpel to develop smart ventilators. Their new IoT-powered ventilator enables consumers to check the temperature and humidity of their bathrooms in real time using their smartphones and control ventilation to prevent mold from growing.

In the future, LG U+ hopes to add more IoT services to bathrooms products and use its smart speaker, which is based on Naver’s artificial intelligence platform Clova, to control them.

Inus Bath will be in charge of remodeling the new IoT-equipped bathrooms. LG U+ will offer the telecommunications module for the IoT service and dedicated service apps.

Subscribers to mobile carriers other than LG U+ can use the carrier’s smart home app, as long as their house is connected to some kind of wireless internet network, according to the company.

The mobile carrier came up with the idea to introduce IoT tech to bathrooms based on an internal consumer survey that showed 81 percent of respondents wanted to change the interior of their bathrooms, the company said in a statement. It also said the survey showed people were most concerned with mold and bad smells in their bathrooms.


BY KIM JEE-HEE [kim.jeehee@joongang.co.kr]

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