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LG Debuts 'Hub Robot' to Compete With Google Home and Amazon Echo

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At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, LG today unveiled the Hub Robot, an adorable Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor. The Hub Robot, which LG has created with a "friendly, anthropomorphic design," interfaces with smart home products and interacts with people in multiple ways.

Powered by Amazon's Alexa voice recognition technology, the Hub Robot can respond to commands to do things like turn on the air conditioner or the lights. It features an interactive display that can offer up information and images, and with a built-in speaker, it can play music, set alarms, provide weather updates, and more.

The Hub Robot is more interactive than competing products from Amazon and Google, with the ability to move, swivel in place, and express a range of emotions by displaying a face on its built-in screen.


It is able to respond to customers using body language, such as nodding its head when it is asked a question, and it keeps track of in-home activity, monitoring when family members come and go. With facial recognition capabilities, it recognizes each member of a family and provides customized greetings and information.

LG says the Hub Robot is designed to be put in a place where the family gathers, such as a kitchen or a living room, and additional mini robots will be introduced alongside the Hub Robot that can go in other rooms of the house.

LG has not announced a ship date for the Hub Robot, nor is pricing available, but it will likely be competitive with the Amazon Echo and the Google Home, which are priced at $180 and $129, respectively.

As in-home hub solutions grow in popularity, rumors suggest Apple is working on its own connected smart home device that's similar to the Amazon Echo. It's said to be powered by Siri and equipped with a speaker and a microphone. The hub will work with HomeKit, and there's a possibility it could be combined with another product, such as the AirPort or Apple TV.

The hub has supposedly been in development for two years and is in the prototype testing phase, but it's not clear if and when it will see an official release.

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Relentless Power

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If LG wants to contend, I would think they need to make a decision if this will officially release or not. Echo, Google and now Lenovo are all in the game purportedly. And Apple hopefully isn't far behind, which I'm holding out for with integration with Home Kit and my other Apple devices.

But it comes down to what can these smart hubs offer the others can't. They all really do the same thing. There has to be a differential to sway one from the other.
 
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At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, LG today unveiled the Hub Robot, an adorable Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor.

Please check your personal judgments about products at the door. We readers can see the image and make
our own value judgments; we don't need our reporters to tell us whether or not a product is 'adorable' -- that's biased reporting.
 
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If LG wants to contend, I would think they need to make a decision if this will officially release or not. Echo, Google and now Lenovo are all in the game purportedly. And Apple hopefully isn't far behind, which I'm holding out for with integration with Home Kit and my other Apple devices.

But it comes down to what can these smart hubs offer the others can't. They all really do the same thing. There has to be a differential to sway one from the other.

You are right.... Apple is a closed ecosystem and Amazon has opened Alexa's cloud computing to all hardware/device developers. This gives them a huge advantage.

If Siri is any indication Apple is very, very far behind on this.
 
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20 years ago, we were promised personal robots that we would control. They'd do all our heavy chores and never complain.

Then the cloud came along and we get this 'robot' that doesn't really do anything. And it's not even clear who's controlling it or who benefits.

What I want:
  • My laundry picked up off the floor, put in the hamper, the hamper dumped into the washing machine, the machine started, monitored and then everything moved to the dryer before being ironed and hung up in my closet.
  • Then the floors need vacuumed.
  • The car washed and vacuumed.
  • The lawn cut.
  • The windows cleaned.
  • The bathrooms cleaned.
  • Shoes shined.
  • Beds made.
  • The dishwasher loaded, started and then everything put back into all the right cupboards and drawers.
  • Oh yeah, and the dinner made! :)
That's what a real robot does. No complaints and no sneaking behind my back to tell Google and Amazon what a domestic slob I am!
 
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The next step is to make it moving so it could follow you around your home and then the future from sci-fi movies is here.
 
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The hub will work with HomeKit, and there's a possibility it could be combined with another product, such as the AirPort or Apple TV.

The hub has supposedly been in development for two years and is in the prototype testing phase, but it's not clear if and when it will see an official release.

Article Link: LG Debuts 'Hub Robot' to Compete With Google Home and Amazon Echo


highly doubt any connectivity to AirPort since Apple [inexplicably] has killed that product. but as someone wholly invested in the apple ecosystem, will be nice to see what sort of hub they come up with. and frankly i trust apple with privacy concerns far more than anyone else, particularly google.
 
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DaveN

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Neat. Apple needs to step up their game and release their in home assistant asap. Meanwhile I just bought 6 amazon dots and I'm pretty happy with them.
You have six Amazon dots and tell us that you are happy with them. What could Apple, or anyone else, make to get you to give up your dots and buy something else?
 
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