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Published on January 9th, 2018 | by The GC Team

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CES 2018: LG’s ThinQ Zone showcases AI “Deep Learning” developments

LG Electronics is developing its proprietary deep learning-based artificial intelligence technology with the rollout of its own AI development tool to all LG business divisions, “in line,” says the company “with its efforts to speed up the release of new products equipped with the latest technology.”

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 easy integration of AI into a wider range of products, allowing LG product developers “to apply deep-learning technologies to future products.” In line with the open strategy of its recently announced AI brand ThinQ, LG products developed with DeepThinQ – from mobile devices to home appliances – will create a comprehensive user experience, linking a range of technologies and solutions to its AI platform.

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

Products developed on the DeepThinQ platform, says LG, “educate themselves” using cloud servers to become smarter over time. This learning feature is essential to DeepThinQ, allowing LG AI products to understand not only their external environments but also the behavioural patterns of their customers. For example, an LG ThinQ air conditioner learns customers’ living patterns over time and cools the room automatically to the temperature preferred by the occupant. In the car, LG’s cabin monitoring technology learns the driver’s facial expressions and gestures and recognises the moment the driver starts to get drowsy. “Eventually,” says LG, “ThinQ will be able to automatically adjust the music, lighting or climate inside the car by learning about the passengers who most often occupy the car.

DeepThinQ is already changing the way certain products targeting the commercial and consumer sectors are designed. LG’s Airport Guide Robots at Korea’s Incheon International Airport employ sophisticated 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.

“DeepThinQ is the embodiment of our open philosophy – to provide the most powerful AI solutions to our customers via a strategy of open platform, open partnership and open connectivity,” said Dr. IP Park, Chief Technology Officer at LG Electronics. “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.”

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