LG announced Monday it will bring artificial intelligence to its smartphone lineup in 2018, starting with this year’s version of the LG V30.
AI is turning out to be the buzzword of 2018. At CES last month, LG showcased its ThinQ platform (integrated into products like kitchen appliances and a Google Assistant-driven speaker) that it says will bring AI smarts to the home.
LG says it fed 100 million images into its AI to develop the algorithms for Vision AI. When you point your camera at an object or scene, LG says its AI will automatically analyze the image and recommend the best shooting mode.
The eight modes are portrait, food, pet, landscape, city, flower, sunrise and sunset.
Shooting a picture of a hotdog? Vision AI will switch on food mode and give you warmer colours for your photo. Not hotdog? Vision AI has a photo mode for that too.
LG is also promising Vision AI will be able to offer “shopping advice through smart image recognition.” It says the camera will be able to automatically initiate an image search or “provide shopping options including where to purchase the item for the lowest price.” Similar technology has been rolled out by eBay, but it’s a first for LG.
Piggybacking off Google Assistant, Voice AI will let users control their camera with voice commands. LG is bolstering its existing line-up of 23 commands from 2017 (features such as taking a wide-angle photo) with nine new commands. These include shooting modes such as food and panoramic photos, as well as the ability to scan a QR code or run a “shopping search” through image recognition.