To drive innovation in connected kitchen, Samsung Electronics will introduce its latest Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The next generation refrigerator features enhanced usability, improved app integration and advanced voice technology.
The voice technology allows users to give voice commands to get the time and weather info, add products to the shopping list and order groceries online. They may also manage to-do-list, adjust calendar schedules, among other tasks. The Recipe app features recipe readout and enlarged text to let users multitask easily in the kitchen.
Through the internal View Inside cameras, users will see which food items need to be replenished. Images of those items can be added to the shopping list feature, and orders can be placed conveniently through the Groceries by MasterCard app.
When it comes to family communication, an entirely new and easy-to-use interface was developed. With the 21.5-inch LED touchscreen serving as an interactive digital bulletin board, family members can then, through their smartphone app, share photos, access updated calendars, handwrite memos in real time, and post memos from wherever they may be.
The Family Hub has transformed the concept of the connected kitchen by enabling users to manage grocery shopping, connect with family and friends, and access entertainment right from the comfort of their kitchen, said Byung-Sam Seo, President of Home Appliances at Samsung Electronics. “The Family Hub 2.0 is entirely about helping consumers better manage as well as enjoy their lives,” he said.
Samsung is also collaborating with partners such as Grubhub, Nomiku, Glympse, Ring, Spotify and iHeartRadio, to provide more options in cooking, food delivery, entertainment, location-based safety and home security services.
These partnerships have increased Family Hub adoption in the world. For example, the e-commerce shopping capability from grocery stores like EATALY and LiDL are bringing convenience to European consumers; while news from upday is relayed to users in Europe, NPR news for those in the U.S. and Kakao news for those in South Korea.