SmartThings is Samsung's connected home hub, allowing various devices to speak to and work with one another.
Continuing its tradition of making your icebox one of the savviest devices in your home, Samsung announced at CES 2018 that it's offering improved integration of its SmartThings ecosystem into its line of Family Hub refrigerators. It will let users control the lights, tweak the temperature or monitor a security camera - all form the refrigerator. The company behind the Galaxy Note 8 also talked up this year's arrival of its digital assistant Bixby to its smart TVs and Family Hub refrigerators.
All of it comes as Samsung - and its competitors - continue their efforts to secure their footing in the still-emerging market for dedicated smart home platforms. They'll be equipped with Google's AI-enabled Google Assistant as well as DeepThinkQ, LG's answer to Samsung's Bixby.
There are a few practical software updates to boot, including a Meal Planner that personalizes recipes based on preferences, restrictions and even when your food expires.
It all sounds like a logical next step, but I'll be curious to see if Samsung can get us to a point where the refrigerator's artificial intelligence is able to automatically detect what you're putting in the fridge without needing you to enter any extra details.
Supposedly able to distinguish between different family member's voices, the fridge will be able to read out your calendar for you over breakfast.
In addition, each of the four new four-door French door models arriving this year will feature newly-refined AKG Premium Quality Sound Speakers for deep, rich-sounding bass. Samsung is promising a wider array of content thanks to partnerships with the likes of HomeAdvisor, Pinterest, Tasty and The Weather Company. The device is being shown off at CES this week, as yet there are no details on pricing.
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