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Samsung Expands Smart Kitchen IoT Platform with New Smart Appliances

January 4, 2017 By Steve Senne in

Samsung unveiled its latest Internet-enabled refrigerator and a new line of “smart” cooking appliances at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The new products are the latest additions to the Samsung smart kitchen IoT platform. 

Samsung introduced six new models of Family Hub 2.0 refrigerators at CES, bringing the total number of models to 10. Samsung says the new Family Hub 2.0 smart refrigerators are easier to use and come with a variety of new and improved apps from new app development partners.

The company’s new smart home refrigerators and cooking appliances build on the warm reception of Samsung’s inaugural Family Hub 1.0 appliances, president of Samsung Electronics’ Home Appliances Byung-Sam Seo stated in a news release.

“After just one year of availability, the Family Hub has transformed the concept of the connected kitchen by enabling users to order and manage grocery shopping, connect with family and friends, and access entertainment right from the comfort of their kitchen.

“Taking flexibility and functionality to a whole new level, the Family Hub 2.0 is entirely about helping consumers better manage as well as enjoy their lives,” he said.

Samsung Smart Kitchen

Family Hub 2.0 refrigerators, for example, are equipped with cameras that give owners a view inside them, thus helping them save energy while making it easier to determine what they need to go out and shop for. Images of those items can be added to shopping lists, ordered and paid for via a Groceries by MasterCard app.

Personalization figures into Family Hub 2.0 refrigerators as does voice control.

Using 21.5-inch LED touchscreens and a built-in app, family members can create avatars and use them to create and save food profiles, for instance. The LED touchscreen also serves as a digital family bulletin board that can be accessed outside the home via smartphone, Samsung points out.

Voice commands enable users to check news and weather reports, create and modify shopping lists, calendars and schedules and order groceries online, as well as access and use a variety of other smart home apps.

Samsung introduced a new line of smart cooking appliances at CES as well, including a Built-in Double Wall Oven. Incorporating the consumer electronics giant’s Flex Duo technology, the new smart oven has three separate cooking spaces that can be controlled individually.

In addition, Steam Bake and Steam Roast features give users greater control of cooking conditions while new customizable Built-in Cooktops are among the most efficient, powerful burners on the market, according to Samsung. New Magnetic Knob and Virtual Flame Technology make for simpler, easier and faster cleaning.

All of Samsung’s built-in appliances connect to Wi-Fi networks, which enables users to monitor and control connected ovens and other smart home appliances remotely via smartphone.