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CES 2018: LG dives deeper into artificial intelligence

Company launches DeepthinQ deep learning platform to power AI across product portfolio

LG reimagines the home.
LG reimagines the home.

From air conditioners that learn customers’ living patterns over time and cools the room automatically to the temperature they prefer, to cars that study driver’s facial expressions and gestures and recognises if they get drowsy, LG Electronics is giving a whole new meaning to the expression “live and learn”.

The company announced at CES that it is rolling out its own AI development tool, LG ThinQ, to all its business divisions. Products developed on the DeepThinQ platform educate themselves using cloud to learn the behavioural patterns of their customers and become smarter over time, the company said.

Dr. IP Park, chief technology officer at LG Electronics, described DeepThinQ as the embodiment of the company’s open philosophy – to provide the AI solutions to customers via a strategy of open platform, open partnership and open connectivity.

“ThinQ will completely change the way consumers use our products because ThinQ products will learn about them to provide intelligent services, not the other way around,” Park added.

DeepThinQ 1.0 was developed last year with the establishment of LG’s Artificial Intelligence Lab in Korea to accelerate research into AI. The platform enables integration of AI into a wider range of products, allowing LG product developers to apply deep-learning technologies to future products.

DeepThinQ 1.0 boasts AI functions such as voice, video and sensor recognition and space and human body detection, developed with data gleaned from usage habits of LG customers over the years. The platform supports a variety of operating platforms such as Android, Linux and webOS.

DeepThinQ is already in use in various commercial and consumer sectors. LG’s Airport Guide Robots at Korea’s Incheon International Airport employs ambient noise to improve voice recognition enabling passengers to be better understood. LG’s robot vacuum cleaner learns the difference between a chair and a dog and navigates accordingly.