New Family Hub takes connected living to new, personalized levels with Samsung's Bixby intelligent voice assistant and connected home control
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 9, 2018 /CNW/ - Samsung Electronics today unveiled the next generation of its award-winning Family Hub refrigerator, continuing to pioneer and redefine the refrigerator category. A winner of the 2018 CES Best of Innovation award, Family Hub sets a new standard for connected living. The new Family Hub will be on display at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at the Samsung booth (#15006) on Level 1 of the Central Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 9-12, 2018.
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 organized, and providing an enhanced entertainment experience. Family Hub is also more intuitive and intelligent with the addition of Bixby voice control and its integration with the Samsung SmartThings IoT ecosystem.
"Since the Family Hub introduction in 2016, consumers have embraced it as their home's digital command centre to help manage food, family and fun. We've been listening closely to current users and created a new Family Hub that builds on that intuitive innovation," said Warner Doell, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Digital Appliances, Samsung Canada. "The integration of Bixby and SmartThings into the Family Hub is bringing a new level of intelligent connectivity into the room where people spend most of their time: the kitchen."
Simplifying Life with Connected Home Control
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 both 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 kids to clean their rooms after school, users can multitask without ever leaving the kitchen. These include seeing who is at the front door with the ring doorbell feature, adjusting the thermostat, checking on a sleeping baby in the next room, and more, right from the refrigerator screen.
Enhancing Food Management
Family Hub helps consumers manage food, with the View Inside App that enables users to see inside the fridge from virtually anywhere. New for 2018, Meal Planner takes food management to a more personalized level by providing recipes for the family based on food preferences, dietary restrictions and food expiration dates.
Strengthening Family Connections
The new Family Hub helps to keep the family more closely connected and organized, with the customized ability to share calendars, photos and notes. With Bixby, Family Hub can also recognize individual voices and provide personalized 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 each individual user.
Creating New Ways to Have Fun at Home
With innovative TV and music options, the original Family Hub transformed the kitchen into an area for socializing with family and friends. Users can access millions of songs through various music streaming platforms and live radio apps, and mirror their Samsung Smart TV1. Additionally, users can now stream content from their smartphone to the Family Hub refrigerator.
Expanded Range of Content
Samsung is expanding the Family Hub's range of content with new collaborations with companies like Pinterest, The Weather Company and Buzzfeed's Tasty. Samsung also continues to collaborate with key partners including allrecipes and ring to further refine and enhance the kitchen experience and promote smart lifestyle choices.
The new Family Hub will be available in Canada this spring. For more information about Samsung Home Appliances, please visit www.samsung.ca.
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1 Available with the Samsung 6400 TV Series and 2015 TV models and higher.
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