Samsung’s vision for the future is that all of the devices in the home will be connected and talk to each other by 2020. David Lowes, chief marketing officer Samsung Europe said, “we want to create meaningful innovations — in sync with our modern lives”.
The idea of the smart home has been around for a long time but can you imagine a day when you’ll be able to control your washing machine from your phone? Well, that futuristic notion is now a reality with the launch of the Add Wash, Samsung’s washing machine that’s not only very smart but allows you to ‘add’ items to the wash while in the middle of a washing cycle. This works by using a unique door design with a ‘cat trap door’ of sorts on the existing door. So, this means that you can add to the washing load, while in the middle of a cycle full of water. The extra door is big enough for that odd sock but even large enough to stuff in a forgotten beach towel. Other really cool features include the ability for the washing machine to send an alert when the next phase of the wash cycle is about to happen or again when the cycle is complete. The Add Wash washing machines will be available across Europe this month.
Samsung also wants us to redefine the role of the fridge with the Family Hub refrigerator that features a wifi touchscreen that lets you connect with your family, manage food, and entertain like never before.
It will display your calendar, notes, recipes, weather, and more. You can also look inside the fridge remotely from a phone thanks to the built-in interior camera. This could be handy if you’re wondering what you are running low on while out shopping. You can also create shopping lists and order groceries, stream entertainment, including news, music, and TV.
Samsung wants us to think of our fridge as a device and not just an appliance, and is replacing all those magnets with a touch-screen display, but even if you’re in the middle of cooking and your hands are dirty, you can still take control without having to touch the screen using voice control. Samsung has teamed up with world famous chef Michel Roux to provide content and recipes in its Club des Chefs app so that expert advice is only a fridge away.
While this concept has been around for a long time, Samsung is actually bringing it to market this spring. It will be available in two colour — stainless silver and stainless black.
Other innovations at the Samsung electronics showcase included the twin cooling fridge that delivers up to 70% more moisture for full freshness with absolute control over cooling.
When it comes to cleaning, the Samsung Powerbot Turbo now comes with wifi connectivity and automatically maps your home. This means you can remotely send the bot to any room from your smartphone. They failed to mention that things like stairs would be an impossible mission for the robotic vacuum cleaner, so you’ll have to carry it upstairs — or else buy two.
Unfortunately, there was no unveiling of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 flagship smartphone.
That will happen on February 21, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
At the show we got to experience Gear VR first hand using Oculus Rift technology — virtual reality using your smartphone and the Gear VR goggles. Put on the Gear VR, and you’re there in the moment with a wide field of view. Precise head-tracking and low latency bring reality to the virtual.
Also new is the 12-inch, full HD tablet/ laptop hybrid the Galaxy TabPro S running Windows 10. It features the Intel Core M with up to 10.5 hours of battery life and an adaptive fast charger that can fully charge it in 150 minutes.
Big is beautiful and we got to see curved TV panels up to 98 inches wide. The sets offer ultra high-definition 4K resolutions that are brighter and with improved picture quality, thanks to a new technology for 2016 that uses quantum dots with bezel-less curve designs.
And finally, they also announced the Samsung 4K Ultra HD player. The Samsung Ultra HD Blu-ray player will be available from next month across Europe and each device will be sold with a copy of Fox Home Entertainment’s The Martian, starring Matt Damon, in ultra HD.
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