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InnoFest 2018: LG envisions a connected home and here’s how it’ll work

Fresh from LG InnoFest 2018

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The year is 2018 and smart technology has transcended beyond your smartphone. As you were busy wasting your life scrolling away on social media, a revolution has been happening: Smart tech has slowly and surely crept into our home lives.

LG envisions the connected home, and artificial intelligence has been called in for reinforcement. True to their promise of “innovation for a better life,” the Korean tech company showcased what their new appliances can do.


At this year’s InnoFest (the brand’s annual innovation event), LG highlighted ThinQ, which is what the company calls their AI, and it paints a pretty picture of what could be your place.

Things your smart home can do

These smart devices can do so much. Take Cloi, for example. Aside from the great gift of cuteness with those wide virtual eyes, Cloi responds to voice and touch; you can actually pet it and it will respond. But, Cloi’s main function isn’t to be cute (though it does a very good job at that). It acts as a hub in your home that connects your appliances. Through voice commands, it can control everything — from lights, to air conditioning, to speakers, and even the refrigerator. It can even recognize your face and adjust home settings depending on your preference.

Meet Cloi. That’s the LG Hom bot on the carpet, and yes, Cloi can control it too using your voice commands

LG’s ThinQ-capable TV can respond to voice commands and it learns context which makes for better and more accurate answers. You can ask about the weather, programs, or even ask it to show you photos you’ve saved from that vacation ten years ago. Not to mention: The new W8 TV isn’t only smarter, it has better picture quality, too.

Better picture quality is because of the new A9 Intelligent Processor which allows for the perfect blacks, and in turn, the perfect color

The LG InstaView refrigerator has been my favorite from the whole LG roster ever since I laid my eyes on it at last year’s InnoFest. Yes, it’s still smart. Yes, it still answers to voice commands. Yes, you can still knock on it to show what’s inside. Yes, it will still tell you what’s about to go bad in the fridge and what possible recipes you can make. And also: This InstaView panel comes to more refrigerators, including LG’s multi-door refrigerators.

The best part? It can communicate to other appliances in the kitchen. You can literally send information from the fridge to the oven so that the oven knows what it’s cooking, what settings it needs, and when it should turn off. You will never go hungry again!

A quick knock and that screen becomes see-through!

This may look like your typical bathroom, but it’s definitely not. In a feat of engineering tech marvel, the toilet seat lifts automatically as you enter this room because it can detect people come in — no more toilet seat lifting, ever! Even the lights on the bathroom mirror know when you’re walking in, and it adjusts brightness based on that. There are sensors that check the humidity in the room and automatically adjust the temperature.

The bathroom of the future!

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg: There are automatic air filters, washing machines that know your laundry settings, and air conditioners that respond. The possibilities are endless.

Think about it…

This could be your connected life

On a Friday night, you’re exhausted from the work week but fulfilled by what has been accomplished. You look forward to a relaxing weekend at home. Before driving out, you tell your phone — an LG V30S ThinQ — to turn up your air conditioner. You arrive home and it’s nice and cool, you ask Cloi, LG’s home hub robot, to turn on the light and play music from your chill Friday Spotify playlist. Destiny’s Child’s “Bootylicious” starts playing on all speakers in your house — not exactly what you had in mind for this chill evening, but it’s enough to get you pumped as you get your place ready for guests. You tell your phone to start cleaning up and the LG Hom Bot (yep, that self-maneuvering vacuum) whizzes past you as you knock on your LG SmartInstaView fridge and its window becomes transparent to allow you to check what food you have left to feed the friends who are coming over. All pretty cool, yeah?

Did I mention, that smart apartment could look this chic and comfortable?

I’m telling you, AI and connected homes are the future. And, it’s looking like the future is here.

SEE ALSO: Lessons from household appliances

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A colored, Bluetooth-enabled Tamagotchi is coming

Still very cute!

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The cutest 90s pet is back and they’re in full color!

The Tamagotchi Go is a refreshed version of our favorite digital pet. Available in glitter cases and now fitted with colored screens, the 2019 Tamagotchi hopes to capture this new generation the same way they did ours: Through adorable virtual critters!


You still take care of an incessantly needy pet but this device now allows you to connect with other users via Bluetooth so that your Tamagotchi can make friends, marry, and even have more Tama babies. And, good news, there will even be a new Tamagotchi Hotel feature which will babysit your pet on days you can’t just deal — that means less dead pets! (90s kids will know 😅)

Additionally,  there’s an app, to be released later on, that will allow users to connect to other Tamagotchi worldwide.

Despite the advancements, the Tamagotchi Go will still be a straightforward device which runs on AAA batteries and needs no connection to your smartphone or the internet to run. The new Bandai toys will be onsale starting July 28 and it will retail for US$ 60 a piece.

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Louis Vuitton put screens on their iconic bags because why not

Literally seeing the future

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Not the type to shy away from all things extra, Louis Vuitton has decided that the future of fashion entails screens on designer bags.

Unveiled at the Cruise 2020 collection show held at JFK’s TWA Flight Center last week, the prototypes aptly titled “Canvass of the Future” featured flexible screens on classic LV bags.


Two bags were shown off on the runway with flashing screens — the ultimate high-tech arm candy.

Now, dear reader, if you’re an avid follower of the folding screen trend, you’d know that this isn’t the first time we’re seeing those screens on a purse. Early this year at CES, we saw this purse from Royale — the same brand responsible for the very first functioning folding smartphone.

It comes as no surprise then that the same screens are used on the Louis Vuitton bags.

Here’s a closer look at the two-paneled Speedy in all its AMOLED screen glory.

 

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CRUISE 2020 MONITOR BAGS by @nicolasghesquiere HI guy, it’s MKBHDLV back at it again. We saw the Fibre Optics in the last men’s show (more info on that real soon BTW) and now this! This one wasn’t the only one in the show. There was a bucket bag with screens on both sides as well. If it ain’t OLED, count me out smh 😤 ⁣• • •⁣ ⁣#louisvuitton #lvmen #louisvuittonlover #lv #monogram #dlouisv #luxury #highend #highendfashion #fashion #louisvuittonjapan #lvsingapore #louisvuittonmalaysia #ルイヴィトン #louisvuittonparis #louisvuittonbags #louisvuittonph #lv2019⁣ #lv2020 #lvcruise20 #lvcruise #nicolasghesquiere ⁣⁣ ⁣Prices and information are all subject to change and should be treated as estimates and guesses.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Copyright © 2018 by LOUIS VUITTON⁣ ⁣All rights reserved.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣We are not affiliated, associated, authorised, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Louis Vuitton Malletier, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates. The official Louis Vuitton instagram can be found at @louisvuitton. The name “Louis Vuitton” as well as related names, marks, emblems and images are registered trademarks of Louis Vuitton Malletier.

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As of now, there is no news on other functionalities, although some on social media have claimed that there are touchscreen capabilities on the bags. Pricing also hasn’t been unveiled although you can bet your bottom dollar it won’t be cheap as LV bags and flexy screens, on their own, can both fetch a pretty penny individually.

 

 

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CRUISE 2020 by @nicolasghesquiere Here are the other bags from the show. The Skyscraper bags are cute. Also, here’s the other *touchscreen* bag. One in the front, on in the back. So it’s pretty much just 2 iPads glued on to a Bent Box it seems. Shout out to the girl @vickyyzzzz for pulling through ♥ ⁣• • •⁣ ⁣#louisvuitton #lvmen #louisvuittonlover #lv #monogram #dlouisv #luxury #highend #highendfashion #fashion #louisvuittonjapan #lvsingapore #louisvuittonmalaysia #ルイヴィトン #louisvuittonparis #louisvuittonbags #louisvuittonph #lv2019⁣ #lv2020 #lvcruise20 #lvcruise #nicolasghesquiere ⁣⁣ ⁣Prices and information are all subject to change and should be treated as estimates and guesses.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣Copyright © 2018 by LOUIS VUITTON⁣ ⁣All rights reserved.⁣ ⁣⁣ ⁣We are not affiliated, associated, authorised, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Louis Vuitton Malletier, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates. The official Louis Vuitton instagram can be found at @louisvuitton. The name “Louis Vuitton” as well as related names, marks, emblems and images are registered trademarks of Louis Vuitton Malletier.

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One thing is for sure, though: The future of handbags is bright — well, as bright as the AMOLED screens.

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The Moment Pebble is the newest mindfulness tool

Yes, it’s a smart pebble that glows

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There’s an ongoing crowdfunding effort for a pebble. Yes, you read right.

This is the Moment Pebble and though it looks like an unassuming rock, it’s actually a tool designed to help you be more mindful.


The premise is simple: The pebble serves as a physical reminder to meditate. And when you do, it will guide you through that meditation with a light sequence you can follow.

Mindfulness meditation helps simply because taking off a few seconds away from “autopilot mode” interrupts stress building up and allows you a quick reset throughout the day.

Unattached to any phone or app, the pebble is pretty straightforward to use and you can do so without the disruption of phone alerts. Flipping it activates each moment and it will proceed to a 30-second sequence for a calming breathing exercise.

The Moment Pebble comes with a Moment Book that lists a number of curated scripts, access to the Moment community and exclusive content, plus the wireless charging stone dock. Each pebble will retail for US$ 77 which is quite expensive for a rock, but pretty much worth it if it results to your peace of mind. The pebbles ships this September.

Check out their crowdfunding page here.

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