[CES 2018] At CES 2018, LG will introduce ThinQ a voice interface which is powered by LG’s own artificial intelligence (A.I) engine called DeepThinQ. As you can guess, it is based on deep-learning which is the new buzzword these days, but we’re looking forward to seeing the fruits this will bear.

ThinQ is most easily accessible from the TV remote microphone, which is in our experience is the best way to voice-interact with televisions. ThinQ is also available via LG’s smart sound bars and other devices, but in reality, the remote’s microphone will often “hear” you better because of the proximity to your mouth.

In the past, we had epic fails with voice-controlled TVs or game consoles (Kinect), especially when the TV is on and a bit loud. Also, those voice-activated device were sometimes launched by the movie/TV show audio (lol).

Beyond televisions, LG’s ThinQ will also be available with smart home products such as robotic vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, air purifiers, smart lights, smart speakers — and potentially anything else that is connected to the internet (the voice analysis is done in the cloud).

As exemples, LG mentions commands such as “search for the soundtrack of this movie” or “turn off the TV when this program is over”. LG pointed out that ThinQ is smart enough to understand the context in which the command is given. Context is a key part of making voice assistant understand regular language in which many things are implied by the context instead of explicitly mentioned.

Finally, LG says that “in some countries”, LG devices will use Google Assistant to control smart homes. Other voice assistant are not excluded.

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