The Week in Smart Home: World's first 8K OLED TV goes on sale, and more

A look back at the news from the last seven days of the smart home

Week in Smart Home: World's first 8K OLED TV

Apple's big WWDC event stole most of the tech headlines this week and there was plenty to get excited about on the smart home from from San Francisco, with updates for HomePod, a security boost for HomeKit and some nifty new Apple TV features.

Away from the show and Amazon announced Alexa Conversations, which should to make your chats with the assistant more natural; Samsung admitted delays to the Galaxy Home, with the speaker now not shipping until Q3; and Google's new Nest Hello adapter went live, which lets the smart doorbell work with more homes.

Those were the main events, read on for a mop-up of everything else...

The Week in Smart Home: World's first 8K OLED TV goes on sale and more

World's first 8K OLED TV isn't cheap

An $8,000 saving on a TV is surely one of the best deals of all time. That is, of course, until you realise you'd still be coughing up $34,000 to pre-order the world's first 8K OLED set - with the RRP set to be a staggering $42,000.

The LG 88Z9 is 88-inch, 8K, OLED TV, packing LG's second-gen Alpha 9 8K intelligent processor, which uses deep-learning technology to optimize sound and visuals, and analyse ambient conditions for the perfect brightness. It'll also have Alexa on board to help you find some 8K content from somewhere.

“Being the first to market with the world’s first and largest 8K OLED TV shows our commitment to leading the ultra-premium TV segment and delivering the ultimate viewing experience,” said Brian Kwon, president of the Mobile Communications and Home Entertainment companies at LG. “LG was a pioneer in bringing OLED to market and we will continue to introduce state-of-art TV technologies that push the boundaries of what’s possible in home entertainment.”

It's on pre-sale in Korea now.

The Week in Smart Home: World's first 8K OLED TV goes on sale and more

Garmin turns to Alexa to revive satnav business

Remember when we all drove around with satnavs stuck on our dashboards, telling us where to go? (Ask your Dad).

They're long gone thanks to every single person in the whole world ever owning a smartphone with numerous 'free' map apps built in, but that hasn't deterred Garmin, which still believes there's an opportunity to flog some, with a little bit of help from Amazon's digital assistant.

"The Garmin DriveSmart 65 with Amazon Alexa can help drivers maintain their hands on the steering wheel and keep their focus on the road ahead," reads the press release. If you really have room for a dedicated satnav in your life, click that link to learn all about it.

For everyone else, let's just move on, shall we?

Ikea's vision of the future

Ikea is collaborating with Ori to develop "robotic furniture for modern living".

The Rognan is described as "a robotic furniture solution for small space living, people will be able to turn small spaces into smart spaces that have all the comfort and convenience of a home." Check out the video above for more.


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