LG Electronics (LG) is set to delight home theater enthusiasts with the introduction of its latest soundbar lineup at CES 2019. The company will also debut an updated version of its wearable CLOi SuitBot alongside a lineup of service robots.
LG’s new soundbars have been designed with Meridian Audio – pioneers of High-Resolution Audio. They feature smart functionality and modern designs.
LG's is launching three soundbar models (models SL10YG, SL9YG and SL8YG) this year, all featuring Meridian’s Bass & Space and Image Elevation technologies. In addition, able to up-mix two-channel audio to multiple, distinct channels without generating any distortion while maintaining tonal balance, the Meridian Upmix technology increases sound immersion by improving the sound field while upgrading the clarity of vocals and lead instruments.
LG’s high-end soundbars (models SL10, SL9 and SL8) support both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Some of LG’s soundbars are also supporting high-resolution audio via a processing algorithm that can upscale conventional file formats. To bolster the already solid output of LG’s latest soundbars, users can add the Wireless Rear Speaker Kit to achieve a more cinema-like experience.
In addition, LG’s new lineup of soundbars offer the convenience of AI smart connectivity and voice recognition with the built-in Google Assistant. Users can control their LG soundbar and get information with a simple command such as, “Hey Google, increase the volume,” or “Hey Google, what artist is playing?” Compatibility with the Google Assistant-enabled smart products make it possible to control connected devices throughout the home via voice command.
The 2019 LG soundbars have a sleek design that matches the style of LG’s exceptional OLED TVs. At only 57mm deep, the LG SL9 can also be installed flush to the wall. An integrated gyroscope sensor gauges the position of the product (fixed to a wall or on a flat surface), adjusting sound directionality.
LG CLOi Robots Approach Commercialization
At CES 2019, LG will also debut an updated version of its wearable CLOi SuitBot alongside a lineup of improved service robots which are nearing commercialization. The wearable LG CLOi SuitBot supports the lower body to reduce stress when lifting and bending while the enhanced CLOi service robots – PorterBot, ServeBot and CartBot – will demonstrate their more advanced capabilities.
Originally unveiled last fall in Berlin, the updated LG CLOi SuitBot supports the waist and augments the user’s own muscle power to reduce the risk of injury and fatigue when performing physically demanding tasks such as lifting and lowering heavy loads. SuitBot increases the user’s flexibility by enabling 50-degree extension and 90-degree flexion of the waist and activates when the wearer bends at a 65-degree angle, disengaging when standing in an upright position. The wearable robot operates for four hours on a single charge and recharges in just one hour.
First introduced to the public at CES 2018, PorterBot, ServeBot and CartBot are designed for environments such as airports, hotels, supermarkets and malls to assist customers, transport luggage, deliver meals and carry groceries. The new LG CLOi service robots have been updated with a more advanced autonomous navigation system as well as enhanced connectivity to allow for communication with mechanisms such as elevators and automatic doors. Using AI technology, LG CLOi robots analyze customers’ usage patterns to constantly learn and improve performance. Equipped with touch displays and voice recognition to facilitate natural interaction with customers, LG CLOi can handle more complex tasks such as answering questions and processing payments. These intelligent robots are designed to operate independently, navigating to a charging station when power runs low, returning to duty once fully recharged and performing daily self-diagnosis and automatic reporting.