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"OK, Google - make ice!" Google's AI voice Assistant to be in LG's upcoming premium appliances

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"OK, Google - make ice!" Google's AI voice Assistant to be in LG's upcoming premium appliances

At present, Google Assistant only lives inside your phone or Google Home speaker. This probably doesn't come as unexpected, but you'll be seeing and hearing a lot more of the helpful artificial intelligence in your present or future smart home. For starters, LG is partnering up with Google to embed the AI assistant inside its Signature line of appliances – an air purifier, refrigerator, and washing machine.

They will respond to your voice commands much like you are used to from other Google-fied smart devices, but do their own special tricks. The LG washer will be able to track wash cycle times, the fridge can monitor ice supply and be ordered to make more, and as for the air purifier... we imagine pulling off Arnie's line from Total Recall – "OK, Google - give these people air!" Truthfully, that probably won't work as planned, but it's still an Arnold moment – that's what counts!

These Google Assistant-enabled devices will be launching in America this June, so the reality we're alluding to isn't completely out of reach. Of course, not every household has the resource – or the need – to purchase premium appliances. But voice integration and smart features will inevitably trickle down to the mass-consumer tier.


source: Korea Times

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posted on 18 May 2017, 15:28 3

1. djcody (Posts: 146; Member since: 17 Apr 2013)

Why I need to say anything when my fridge is making ice without it

posted on 18 May 2017, 19:06

3. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 845; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

But your fridge isn't dispensing ice via voice command. Although I'm not sure if that's how they'd use voice commands for their fridge. Either way, people talking to appliances might sound cool but with all that tech onboard (and at the risk of sounding like an old man), it's one more thing to fail. A motherboard in a fridge, washer, or dishwasher isn't something I'd like to have. I push a button to start the washer and walk away, same as any other of these fancy appliances with touch screens. If a part of my washer or dishwasher fails, I buy the part for a few bucks and replace it.

posted on 18 May 2017, 21:00

4. mixedfish (Posts: 1329; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)

That is the disturbing thing about IoT, it's like having a fifth wheel on a car.

posted on 18 May 2017, 21:04

5. ahmuzencab (banned) (Posts: 192; Member since: 12 May 2017)

Why not just push your cup against it, the easier way?

posted on 22 May 2017, 22:17

8. joey_sfb (Posts: 6600; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

My fridge can make ice but i need to fill up their water tank. So not sure how Google assistance is going to help make it easier for me.

No water in tank, no ice making unless i lay pipe to it like my washing machine.

posted on 18 May 2017, 15:53

2. cleatglitch (Posts: 127; Member since: 25 May 2013)

i just want the four door fridgerator...awesome

posted on 18 May 2017, 23:56

6. omnitech (Posts: 900; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)

This is a genius move by LG. Samsung probably not liking this.

posted on 19 May 2017, 00:10

7. DaveElliott (Posts: 140; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)

So what happens when you don't tell your new $4000 refrigerator to make ice? It won't?

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