TECHNOLOGY

LG launches AI washing machine that notifies user when to refill

It detects a mixed load of t-shirts and pants

In Summary
  • Besides reducing cycle time, the machine reduces clothes damage by offering 18 per cent more fabric protection
  • According to LG East Africa, 10 per cent of energy saving is equivalent to free 50 times Laundry per year.
V950 washing machine
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Consumer electronics provider LG has launched  new Artificial Intelligence washing machine into the Kenyan market.

This follows a rise in demand for home appliances in the country attributed to the adoption of the work-from-home model brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

This is besides a significant growth in the working women population that is driving the demand for appliances such as Washing Machines and Refrigerators that assists women with household chores.

Speaking during the launch, LG Electronics East Africa managing director Sa Nyuong Kim said the V950 machine is aimed at making it easier for everyone from professionals to working mothers to maintain a happier, healthier home as they attempt to balance work and family life.

Data from research firm GFK shows that the global market for small and large household appliances recorded an excellent first half of 2021, with sales of small appliances up 21 per cent and large appliances up 31 per cent compared to the same period last year, which was impacted by lockdowns.

Internal data from LG reveals that uptake from washing machines has gone up by 37 per cent compared to last year while that for AI Direct Drive (AI DD) has increased by 219 per cent.

“At the Centre of our mission is to help consumers embrace life and prepare them for its greatest moments.  To us, life is about more than having the latest technology. It’s about the experiences technology creates”, Kim said.

The 12Kg, AI DD washer can not only detect the weight but also senses the softness of fabric, and it chooses the optimal motions for the fabric by itself.

This means the washer can detect a mixed load of t-shirts and pants (different from bedding, delicate and other fabric combinations) and program the wash cycle to use customized motions, temperatures and times for the optimal wash.

Compared to the V900, the V950 has an EZDispense feature which is an auto detergent feeder that helps the washer to detect the amount of laundry and automatically release the appropriate amount of detergent for up to 35 washes.

It also notifies the user when they need a refill.

Armed with TurboWash360° feature the washer is able to considerably reduce washing time by use of four nozzles that spray water while washing and rinsing.

This feature also reduces the cycle time that would be much higher if you were using older front load machines, also equipped with TurboWash 39 cycle that is designed to do a cycle in only 39 minutes allowing you to spend more time doing things that you enjoy.

Besides reducing cycle time, the machine reduces clothes damage by offering 18 per cent more fabric protection while using 39 per cent less energy hence saving consumers energy costs.

According to LG East Africa, 10 per cent of energy saving is equivalent to free 50 times Laundry per year.

Also embedded on the machine is the steam function technology that eliminates 99.9 per cent of allergens such as dust mites that can cause allergies or respiratory issues with 30 per cent fewer wrinkles to give you easier ironing.

In terms of capacity, the LG V950 has a bigger dimension (600 x 610 x 850 mm) with an advanced vibration system that makes less vibration and noise.