CES 2016: Your next TV is here… Channel? Internet of Things
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is just about to kick off at Las Vegas and both LG and Samsung have lined up products that you might still not be ready for.
Samsung for example want you to get on the Internet of Things (IoT) bandwagon.
Whether your house is IoT ready or not, all new Samsung TVs will come IoT-ready - meaning you will be able to connect your 2016 model Smart TV to your smart home hub and access and operate other connected devices using the new TV.
Samsung TVs will come IoT-ready. (Supplied)
If that's what Samsung is offering, LG is ready to move you up to 8K resolution - so what if you are still not ready for 4K.
LG will be showcasing an 98-inch 8K Super UHD TV that will be ready to roll out into the market by the end of the second quarter of 2016.
Among the other models LG plans to introduce this year are the 65-inch UH9500 and 86-inch UH9550 and SUHD TV 65-inch UH8500 and 75-inch UH8550.
The features will vary from a super thin 6.6mm screen to higher colour reproduction rate, advanced pictures and sound-enhancing features including HDR (high dynamic range).
Meanwhile, a recent announcement by Samsung said all Samsung's 2016 SUHD TVs will apply IoT hub technology, allowing the TV itself to act as the controller for the entire smart home.
The company said it has developed its own IoT hub technology with SmartThings for 2016 SUHD TVs.
SUHD TVs can connect with and control Samsung devices and SmartThings sensors, as well as more than 200 other SmartThings compatible devices.
These include everything from connected lights and locks to thermostats and cameras.
With the camera connected to the Smart TV, customers can check when visitors arrive and choose to open their front door, directly using the TV.
Similarly other alerts including motion sensor alerts can also pop-up directly on the TV screen.
With a connected refrigerator, microwave and a robot, you would soon be sitting in front of the TV and cooking and even fetching coked food.
When it comes to IoT connectivity LG says it will be rolling out new models with a new user interface WebOS 3.0 that will be compatible with IoT devices at home.
Once connected, the status of the various appliances appear on the LG SMART TV’s display, acting as an interface between users and devices.
"Through the TV screen, users can control specific home appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners or washing machines connected via Wi-Fi or wires.
“With webOS 3.0, homeowners can adjust the brightness of the lights in the room or change the temperature setting of the air conditioner," LG said in its release.
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