CES 2018: Samsung’s new Family Hub fridge is all about smartness
Samsung will be showcasing the next generation of its Family Hub refrigerators at the CES 2018 in Las Vegas. What makes the new line-up smarter than the predecessors is the inclusion of Bixby voice control and integration with Samsung’s Smart Things Cloud for IOT devices.
Access to Bixby voice control will make life easier for users as it allows them to manage their fridge through simple voice commands to Bixby personal assistant. More details on what Bixby can do will be available at the Samsung press briefing later on Monday. Integration with SmartThings means users can control a wide range of devices at home from the touch screen on the fridge. Users can adjust the thermostat, switch off smart bulbs and even leave a note for family members from the screen on the fridge.
Similarly, users can see what is inside the fridge from anywhere on the View Inside app for smartphones. Samsung has also added new apps to Family Hub. The Meal Planner will show recipes based on users’ food preferences and restrictions on diet. Deals app will provide details on new shopping deals on grocery and food items on online stores.
Users can also mirror their Samsung Smart TV and smartphone on the Family Hub screen and watch TV, play music or play games from the confines of the kitchen while cooking. For richer audio experience, Samsung has used speakers by AKG Acoustics this time.
Samsung is also working with more content providers such as Pinterest, The Weather Company, Buzzfeed and Home Advisor so users won’t have to rely on any other device while they are in the kitchen for news, weather or other updates.
The new line-up of Family Hub refrigerators is expected in the US by May 2018. There is no update on the price yet. The existing line-up starts at $3,332 (approximately Rs2,11, 065) and includes a 21-inch touchscreen and three built-in cameras. They are not available in India yet. We don’t know if the screen size of Family Hub will be bigger than predecessors.