Using LG’s new Washer with AI to do your Laundry

CES Innovation Award-Winning Washer by LG Deploys AI and Advanced 
Fabric Care

After year of doing laundry, I still sometimes second guess myself as to what the right setting is on my washer. I usually look at the tag on the garment and I’m usually safe with Automatic, Permanent-Press, Cold or Warm Wash and Dry. But today, at CES, LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its most advanced innovation in laundry, deploying artificial intelligence to deliver precision washing for optimal results without the need for any more guesswork.

The new LG ThinQ front-load washing machine features an Artificial Intelligent Direct Drive (AI DD) motor along with the company’s AI-powered Proactive Customer Care service. It was enough this year to merit the coveted 2020 CES Innovation Award.

LG’s new washing machine detects both the volume and weight of each laundry load and uses AI and advanced sensors to identify fabric types in each load. Using deep learning technology and without totally recreating the wheel every time, the washer then compares this information against more than 20,000 data points related to washer usage to program the optimal wash cycle setting for the best results. The company claims it will vastly improve cleaning and extend the life of your garments by 15 percent.

The washer is able to detect a mixed load of t-shirts and pants (different from bedding, delicates and other fabric combinations – thankfully) and program the wash cycle to use customized motions, temperatures and times for the optimal wash. And with LG’s new user-friendly ezDispense feature, it automatically adds the exact amount of liquid detergent and fabric softener needed for each load size at precise times during the wash cycle for less waste and improved results.

You can’t have a smart washer without a smart dryer. The new LG Smart Pairing feature automatically sends the ideal dryer setting for each load directly to the compatible LG dryer for the best results every time.

When the laundry detergent is running low the washer can also connect with Amazon Alexa through LG’s ThinQ mobile app to let you know.

AI is also used to figure out when a problem with the washer may occur and alert you before and even expedite repairs when they are needed.

Other enabled features include:

  • TurboWash 360 uses powerful jets to surround clothes from multiple angles so detergent can penetrate deep into fabrics for a complete clean – even for big loads – in under 30 minutes;
  • 3D Multi Spray shoots jets of water in five different directions simultaneously to quickly break down tough stains;
  • LG TWINWash saves time with two washers in one footprint. Wash small loads in the compact LG SideKick Pedestal washer below while tackling larger loads up top.

LG’s new large capacity front-loading washing machine is expected to roll out in North America in the first half of the year with availability in other markets to follow. Pricing to be determined.

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