Monday, January 06, 2014
LG Jumps Into Fitness Tech At CES With Lifeband Touch And Heart
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LG Electronics today took the wraps off LG
Lifeband Touch and LG Heart Rate Earphones, two wearable
products that mark the company's first foray into fitness tech.
Unveiled at the 2014 International Consumer
Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, both products incorporate
comfortable designs and compatibility with other devices so
that monitoring one's health requires no additional effort
beyond strapping on a watch and inserting a pair of headphone
Lifeband Touch is a smart activity tracker compatible with
heart rate monitors (HRM) as well as smartphones. Meanwhile,
the Heart Rate Earphones' dual-function design allows users to
measure their heart rate while exercising. Lifeband Touch and
Heart Rate Earphones can wirelessly link up to each other.
Connected to smartphones (Android and iOS supported), the
devices can transmit data to the LG Fitness app, or to a number
of other third party apps such as MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper or
Lifeband Touch was designed to be asymmetric and flexible.
Featuring a touch OLED panel to display time, biometrics,
incoming calls and music controls, the built-in 3-axis
accelerometer and altimeter allows the device to accurately
measure key performance indicators such as distance, speed,
number of steps, calories consumed and projected pace. All this
information is visible with a swipe of a finger on the OLED
display. Engineered to be lightweight and simple to use, it
incorporates a motion-sensing algorithm that automatically
turns on the display when the wearer rotates his or her wrist.
Lifeband Touch also offers wireless connectivity via Bluetooth
to transmit data to a smartphone or receive data from third
party devices such the Heart Rate Earphones.
LG's Heart Rate Earphones feature PerformTek sensor technology
which measures blood flow signals from the auricle, the
external part of the ear to capture accurate biometric data
such as heart rate and maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max). As
a continuous heart rate monitoring device, PerformTek has
proven accurate during rigorous physical activity. LG employs a
flexible ear piece design and a clip-on medallion connected to
the earphones provides Bluetooth connectivity, enabling the
unit to send data to a smartphone or the Lifeband Touch.
Lifeband Touch and Heart Rate Earphones will be available
starting in the United States in the first half of 2014.
New webOS Smart TV Platform
LG also today confirmed at CES previous reports related to its
newest Smart TV platform. The webOS platform, which LG
acquired from Hewlett-Packard in March last year, has been
reinvented and reintroduced as LG's new Smart TV platform.
The new operating system offers an intuitive user interface,
makes it easy for developers to create applications and
enhances the compatibility of LG's Smart TVs with other
"We are extremely excited to be able to introduce webOS
optimized for LG Smart TV here at CES 2014," said In-kyu Lee,
Senior Vice President and head of the TV division at the LG
Electronics Home Entertainment Company. "The beauty of webOS is
that it provides so much freedom, and is so simple to use. We
feel confident that consumers will find navigating, exploring
and switching between different forms of content on webOS a
truly enjoyable, not frustrating, experience."
The webOS platform, which will be implemented in more than 70
percent of LG's Smart TVs in 2014, makes content searching and
viewing, connecting with other devices, and even the initial
setup process smooth. The new Launcher, a left-to-right
scrollable menu that runs along the lower portion of the screen
is one of the most distinctive features of webOS. The Launcher
makes it possible to switch between broadcast TV, smart TV
content and media stored on external devices without having to
return to the Home screen. It allows the viewer to
simultaneously watch a show, play a game or browse the internet
while searching or downloading other content. What's more, Live
Menu, which can be opened while viewing the TV, keeps the
search, recommendation and channel options within easy reach.
The webOS development team in LG's Silicon Valley Lab created
the Today menu as a one-stop content recommendation service,
suggesting popular TV shows, programs that have been missed as
well as full-feature movies. Running horizontally along the
center of the screen, the Today bar can also be scrolled up or
down via the Magic Remote wheel to reveal more viewing options.
LG's webOS also offers access to the LG Store's collection of
LG next-generation Smart TVs, powered by the webOS platform, will be also able to connect and interact with Android and iOS apps, enhancing the second-screen television experience.
The apps, which are being demonstrated with the new LG Smart TVs this week at the 2014 International CES, include:
- zeebox (linear TV discovery and social TV),
- Yidio (over-the-top content discovery and launch),
- Imgur (viral image posting),
- TalkLittle's "reddit is fun" (a popular reddit app),
- Stevie (social media-based personal TV channel creation),
- Neura's ACTV (personal health and fitness management), and
- BuddyTV (OTT content and TV listing).
Each mobile app will demonstrate how, by simply being on the same home network as an LG Smart TV, users will enable a unique multi-device, connected experience. In the case of "reddit is fun" mobile app, users will be able to find a viral video and with one click, watch it on an LG Smart TV. The ACTV mobile app will launch a corresponding application on the LG Smart TV and connect a user's fitness band to the TV. With Yidio, users will be able to access a personalized streaming guide across multiple content sources and effortlessly launch selected content on the TV.
LG's 2014 line of Ultra HD TVs with webOS
Smart TV platform will also support content streaming in Ultra HD 4K
LG's 2014 Ultra HD TVs are designed to include the latest
standards for connectivity, content protection and program
encoding, meaning they equipped to handle 4K streaming. Key to
ensuring this capability is the built-in 4K HEVC 60p decoder.
The LG TVs decode broadcast signals in both H.264 and HEVC
H.265 formats, in either 30p or 60p.