Home appliance makers release products highlighting pet care features

South Korean home appliance manufacturers are launching products that highlight the characteristics of pet care, industry insiders said on Saturday, as they cater to the growing number of consumers who live with pets.

LG Electronics Inc. introduced a washer and dryer with steam functions that remove allergens earlier this week.

Citing findings from Japanese institution Environmental Allergens INFO & CARE, LG said that using pet care cycles in their new clothes care devices will kill dog allergens or cat allergens in clothing by 99.99 percent.

According to LG, the new 24-kilogram washing machine can also efficiently remove stains and odors related to pets in people’s clothing, while improving the pet hair removal function for the 17-kilogram dryer.

The company released the washing machine in South Korea Thursday at a price of 1.85 million won ($ 1,645) and plans to sell the dryer for 1.94 million won later this month.

Samsung unveiled its artificial intelligence (AI) vacuum cleaner, the JetBot 90 AI +, at the all-digital Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021 last month.

Along with the robot cleaner’s camera and sensors, Samsung also launched SmartThings Pet, a pet care service that allows people to remotely monitor their pets using the company’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform.

Samsung plans to launch the JetBot 90 AI + vacuum cleaner and pet care service in South Korea and the United States in the first half of the year.

The company has also promoted the Galaxy SmartTag as a useful pet tracking tool. According to Samsung, people can easily find their companion animals when the tracking tag, which uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology, is attached to their pet’s collar.

Industry insiders said local electronics companies are expected to introduce more products and services that can support people who live with pets.

According to a 2019 survey by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, the number of households raising pets in the country reached 5.91 million, a quarter of the total. (Yonhap)

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