LG's Google TV and Spectrum and Nitro HD Phones at CES
During this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, we got a private tour of the LG booth and were able to take an up-close and personal look at some of the electronics giant’s newest innovations.
We saw so many amazing LG technologies during our tour that we couldn’t fit them all in one news post, so we broke it down into two parts.
Yesterday, we told you all about LG’s OLED HD TV and EZShare TV. Now here’s a breakdown of the rest of the best things from LG that could be in your hands, living room or lobby by the end of 2012:
Google TV and Smart TV updates
The world has been waiting for Google TV and LG finally unveiled it during CES 2012. This Android-based, immersive version of LG’s Smart TV system lets users access the best that Google has to offer, including the Android Marketplace and Google Search, while enjoying LG’s innovative 3D and Smart TV technologies.
The search, social networking and TV functions on Google TV can be run simultaneously and everything can be accessed quickly with the QWERTY-capable LG Magic Remote.
Google TV also allows you to search multiple platforms at once. If you type in the name of a TV show, it will pull up Google web results, YouTube clips and full episodes available to watch through the Android market or other platforms.
“The search functionality is bananas,” says LG Rep Ralph Jodice.
“Through Google TV, LG has merged Google’s established Android operating system with LG’s proven 3D and Smart TV technologies, offering consumers a new and enthralling TV experience,” says Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Electronics Home Entertainment.
In 2012, all LG Smart TVs will come with the Magic Remote, which allows you to control TV the classic way, through gesture and through a touch wheel and you can also operate the search function with your voice.
LG 84-inch Ultra-Definition 3D TV
Another way LG is attempting to break ground in the home entertainment industry is with what it says is believed to be the world’s largest Ultra Definition 3D TV. The 84-inch panel was introduced at CES and heralded for its superior picture quality with a whopping 8 million pixels. That’s four times the resolution of the average Full HD TV, by the way.
“LG is pushing the limits of home entertainment innovation with this 3D UD TV,” said Kwon. “We are bringing together all our Smart TV and 3D knowledge in the 3D UD TV in order to demonstrate to the CES audience that LG is committed to being the world’s leading brand for immersive home entertainment in 2012 and beyond.”
LG Spectrum and LG Nitro
This year, LG is introducing another smartphone with a True High Definition screen and In-Plane Switching (IPS) for true to life, multiple angle display similar to LG’s premium HD TVs.
On December 4, LG released its first phone of this kind—the LG Nitro HD—and soon, customers will be able to get their hands on the Spectrum.
It will be exclusively available on Verizon and is the first smartphone with a 4.5-inch True HD IPS display.
At the booth, we got the opportunity to compare the magnified pixel quality of the IPS display with that of an Android smartphone and the difference is astounding. The True HD IPS uses Real Strip subpixel arrangement to ensure that images are always crisp and clear.
True HD output is touted by LG as “HD in the palm of your hand” and LG says that because the Spectrum supports 1280 x 720 resolution, its display is “one of the brightest and sharpest available on a mobile device.” Even in direct sunlight, the Spectrum’s display is accurate and true-to-life.
As an added bonus, Spectrum users who download ESPN’s ScoreCenter app will be able to view exclusive HD video feed.
The Spectrum will be available to Verizon subscribers on January 19 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and the Nitro is available now on the AT&T network for $249.99 with a two-year contract.
3D Smart TV Upgrader
Even if you already recently bought a TV or just aren’t keen to replace your current TV with one of LG’s new selections you can still partake in LG’s technologies. The LG 3D Smart TV upgrader connects to any brand TV and gives full or partial access to the platform. For $129.99, you can have the full LG Smart TV platform and for $79.99, you can opt for the smaller version that just allows you to stream video through your existing TV.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.