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Published on January 9th, 2018 | by The GC Team


CES 2018: Samsung debuts “next generation” of Family Hub Refrigerator

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has unveiled the next generation of its award-winning Family Hub refrigerator, which is a winner of the 2018 CES Best of Innovation award. Family Hub in 2018 offers a wide range of smart features that allow consumers “to do what they could not do before.” These include synchronising food storage with meal preparation, keeping family members better connected and organized, and providing enhanced entertainment. Family Hub is also “more intuitive and intelligent” with the addition of Bixby voice control and its integration with Samsung’s SmartThings IoT ecosystem.

John Herrington, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Home Appliances, Samsung Electronics America, said: “The integration of Bixby and SmartThings into the Family Hub is bringing a new level of intelligent connectivity into the room where people spend the most time:  the kitchen.”

The new Family Hub works with the SmartThings ecosystem, allowing users to control and monitor their connected home from the Family Hub screen. The SmartThings app connects the Family Hub with hundreds of Samsung and third party compatible connected devices. In addition to seeing what’s inside the fridge from remote locations, or leaving a note on the White Board users can do other things without ever leaving the kitchen. These include seeing who is at the front door, adjusting the thermostat, checking on a sleeping baby in the next room, all from the refrigerator screen.

Family Hub also helps consumers manage food, keeps the family connected by sharing calendars, photos and notes, and, With Bixby, Family Hub can also recognise individual voices and provide personalised information based on preferences.

Samsung is expanding the Family Hub’s range of content with new collaborations with companies such as HomeAdvisor, Pinterest, The Weather Company and Buzzfeed’s Tasty. Samsung will expand the platform to four new 4D FDR models, saying “this will ensure that there is a Family Hub configuration to meet the needs of all consumers. 

The new Family Hub will be available this spring.

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