LG’s smart home hub looks like an Amazon Echo with a screen

Amazon’s Echo was one of the stars of the retail giant’s record-breaking holiday period, and it was only a matter of time before competitors started making their own smart speakers. LG’s new SmartThinQ hub appears to be one such copycat. The hub, announced today ahead of a demonstration at CES next week, is visually similar to Amazon’s Echo, and like that device, features a large built-in speaker that can stream music. But where the Echo is only gradually moving from cool curio to useful gadget, LG is pitching the SmartThinQ as the « gateway » to your automated home, connecting to smart refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners, and displaying their information on a 3.5-inch color LCD display.

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