For LG CES 2016 came just a wee bit early. In addition to announcing a slew of television sets (one of which is capable of 8K), the Korea-based titan also announced a competitor to Amazon Echo — the SmartThinQ Hub.
At first glance, LG’s new IoT hub looks much like a shorter (and fatter) version of Amazon’s Echo. Except for that 3.5-inch LCD display that is. When asked about the device’s functionality, LG commented by saying that the SmartThinQ Hub “serves as a gateway to smart sensors and connected appliances” but it’ll also stream music and via its 3.5-inch LCD, display calendar reminders. Take that Bezos!
The SmartThinQ Hub is compatible with a number of wireless standards such as WiFi, Zigbee, and Bluetooth 4.0. It’ll also eventually be compatible with Lowe’s Iris home system and already supports a number of open platforms such as Alljoyn. No word on pricing and availability at this point, but we expect more on that end later on this week.