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LG and Natuzzi co-design smart sofa controlled by Google Assistant

LG and Natuzzi co-design smart sofa controlled by Google Assistant
What other items at home can become smart? LG and Italian furniture company Natuzzi have made a joint announcement about a smart and connected sofa, which can recognize who sits on it and automatically adjust positions according to the users’ preference.
“The ergonomic, tech-enabled sofa can recognize the user and interact with TV and other smart devices,” says LG in a statement.
LG uses Google’s Voice Match technology, which recognizes multiple users’ voices to provide various user experience on Google Home speakers, to let the sofa recognize the user and provide the preferred setting.
The smart sofa will be launched under LG Signature, a high-end brand under the South Korean company. It can be controlled via Google Assistant to adjust the position of the sofa. Possible positions for different activities include reading, relaxing, watching TV, listening to music and a “pause” mode when users want to get up from the sofa.
With connection to Google Assistant, it means that homeowners may link the smart sofa with other connected appliances for home automation control. For instance, when they sit down on the sofa, the lights in the living room will dim and the smart TV will be turned on to the channel they watch every day; or when a film on the smart TV is finished and users get up from the sofa, the lights at the stairway and bedroom will be turned on automatically.
LG has released its smart home devices mostly under the ThinQ brand, which includes connected kitchen appliances and washing machines supporting Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Natuzzi, on the other side, had only tried to add Bluetooth speakers to the sofas. The new smart sofa co-created with LG marks the first time the Italian furniture company is entering the smart home market.
The partnership between the two companies was first announced in April. The connected sofa idea was mentioned, and now the real product is ready to debut at the High Point Market furniture show.
No price or release date information about the smart sofa have been announced.

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