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18th January 2019
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Samsung Electronics debuts next generation of Family Hub refrigerator at CES 2018
On Sunday, Samsung Electronics unveiled the next generation of its award-winning Family Hub refrigerator. A winner of the 2018 CES Best of Innovation award, Family Hub sets a new standard for connected living.
Family Hub in 2018 offers a wide range of smart features that allow consumers to do what they could not do before.
These include syncing up food storage with meal preparation, keeping family members better connected and organised, 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.
"Since Family Hub's introduction in 2016, consumers have embraced it as their home's digital command center to help manage food, family and fun," said John Herrington, senior vice president, general manager of home appliances, Samsung Electronics America. "We've been listening closely to current users and created a new Family Hub that's even smarter and more advanced than before.
"The integration of Bixby and SmartThings 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 screen. The SmartThings app seamlessly connects the Family Hub with hundreds of Samsung and third party compatible connected devices. So now, in addition to seeing what's inside their fridge from the grocery store or leaving a note on the White Board to remind the children to clean their rooms after school, users can do countless other things without ever leaving the kitchen.
These include seeing who is at the front door with the ring doorbell, adjusting the thermostat, checking on a sleeping baby in the next room, and more, right from the refrigerator screen.
Family Hub helps consumers manage food, with the View Inside app that enables users to see inside the fridge from anywhere. New for 2018, Meal Planner takes food management to a more personalised level by providing recipes for the family based on food preferences, dietary restrictions and food expirations dates. Family Hub also saves time and money with a new Deals app that gives users the ability to find great bargains and save them directly to the Shopping List or loyalty card.
The new Family Hub keeps the family more closely connected and organised, with the customised ability to share calendars, photos and notes. With Bixby, it can also recognise individual voices and provide personalised information based on preferences. Ask "Hi Bixby, what's new today?" and it will provide a read out of the news, weather and calendar updates specifically tailored to the user.
With innovative TV and music options, the original Family Hub transformed the kitchen into an area for socialising with family and friends. Users can access millions of songs through various music streaming platforms and live radio apps, and mirror their Samsung Smart TV.
The new offering also features AKG Premium Quality Sound Speaker for sound that is deep in bass and rich in mid-range. Additionally, users can now stream content from their smartphone to the Family Hub refrigerator.
Samsung is expanding the range of content with new collaborations with leading companies like HomeAdvisor, Pinterest, The Weather Company and Buzzfeed's Tasty. Samsung also continues to collaborate with key partners including all recipes, ring, and Grubhub to further refine and enhance the kitchen experience and promote smart lifestyle choices.
Samsung will expand the platform to four new 4D FDR models, bringing the total to 14. This will ensure that there is a configuration to meet the needs of all consumers.
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