LG's Dr. Skott Ahn Announces webOS 2.0 and Talks about Innovation for a Better Life

The IoT – Internet of Things – ecosystem has been talked about a lot lately and that’s not going to stop any time soon. LG’s theme for CES 2015 has been “Innovation for a better life” and when their Chief Technology Officer Doctor Skott Ahn took the stage at the Las Vegas convention, he talked about how important the Internet of Things will be to achieving that better life.

Ahn didn’t announce any specific physical products, but he did unveil the company’s new webOS 2.0 upgraded smart TV platform, talking about how successful the initial launch of webOS had been towards crafting a generation of intuitive smart TVs. According to Ahn, webOS 2.0 will be faster and even easier to use.

You can read the entire press release below, which details what Ahn said about connectivity and the IoT ecosystem being an important facet of future home technology. It may be a bit weird to refer to a press release as an “exciting read,” but if you’re someone who’s interested in where home connectivity is going, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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LG USHERS IN NEW YEAR WITH
INNOVATION FOR A BETTER LIFE

Internet of Things to Enhancing Consumers Lives,
Says LG Electronics CTO at International CES 2015

TORONTO, Jan. 5, 2015 Highlighting LG Electronics (LG) Innovation for a better Life theme for the 2015 International CES, LG Chief Technology Officer Dr. Skott Ahn today explained how the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming the way consumers live, work and play. In his keynote address at LGs CES press announcement today, Dr. Ahn explained how LG innovations such as HomeChatTM and webOS are driving the IoT ecosystem to make consumers lives more convenient and more productive.

The Internet of Things isnt about just some devices and the apps that control them, Ahn said. Its what connects everything we value with the innovations that are centered around our lives. At LG, were taking an open approach to maximize the value offered to our customers through platforms, connectivity and the overall IoT ecosystem.

Platforms
LG started down the path to make its webOS operating system a strong IoT platform last year when the company successfully implemented webOS into a new generation of intuitive smart TVs. At CES 2015, Dr. Ahn proudly unveiled the webOS 2.0 upgraded smart TV platform, which offers an even simpler user experience, is more than twice as fast as the first version, and fully supports streaming of 4K Ultra HD content. The LG webOS platform has also been expanded to LGs signage and hotel TVs, allowing customers to experience the true value of IoT outside of their homes, he said.

Ahn said LG is working on a platform that cares for customers wellness instead of just tracking and reporting it. LG developed bio-signal analysis technologies for smartphones and wearable devices that can assist with physical health management such as helping to modify sleeping habits. LGs wellness platform can even optimize ones living environment by controlling appliances such as water heaters and air conditioners.

Connectivity
Describing how LG plans to connect devices and technologies, Ahn touched on customizable solutions that interconnect smart devices. Just like our phones, cars are getting much smarter. And were seeing an increasing need to connect our smart devices to cars, he said.

LG is expanding IoT into cars by actively developing Vehicle to Everything (V2X) technologies. LG has developed and commercialized a connectivity solution to mirror Android and iOS devices to car displays. LGs smart car connectivity technology is not only highly customizable but also supports other industry solutions such as MirrorLink.

To connect all the technologies around consumers, LG is embracing open standards, Ahn said. Were working with the AllSeen Alliance, of which LG is a founding member, to adopt the AllJoyn open connectivity platform. LG is also heavily involved in oneM2M, the global standard for IoT services, to adopt a broad connectivity technology that links gateways and devices around the cloud, allowing LG products to work flawlessly with any devices from any brands.

Ecosystem
In order to realize the true value of IoT, we need a strong ecosystem of like-minded partners who share our vision, Ahn said, explaining that LG is working closely with leading smart home service providers and iControl OpenHome ecosystem members to ensure that LGs large product portfolio integrates seamlessly with smart home services ranging from security to home automation.

Last year, LG introduced HomeChatTM, a platform that allows the use of Natural Language Processing (NLP) to control and monitor home appliances. LG is currently working with Nest Labs to make HomeChat compatible with Nest products. In the near future, HomeChatTM will also connect to cars. Before leaving home, you simply say where you want to go and your destination will automatically be added to your cars navigation system in order to safely guide you on your journey, Dr. Ahn explained.

Visitors to CES 2015 are encouraged to stop by LGs booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) from January 6-9 to see the companys IoT products for themselves.


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