Samsung Electronics announced that they will expand the voice recognition function of the Family Hub refrigerator.
They also plan to introduce the “Samsung Connect” smart home feature for the first time at IFA 2017.
Samsung has already applied cloud-based voice features to the Family Hub in Korea and the U.S.
They will add European languages on a phased basis this year, starting with British English, German, French, and Italian.
JS Park, Samsung digital appliances EVP says, “Samsung has continuously enhanced the Family Hub since its first introduction at CES 2016, focusing on improving consumer lifestyles.
“Our endeavour to advance the smart features of home appliances has always been closely tied to our mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of individual consumers and families with innovations that matter.”
In addition to touch command, the Family Hub’s voice capabilities provide a new way to interact with the refrigerator.
Users can ask for time and weather updates, search the internet, read news articles, play music and radio, add items to their shopping list, and even view inside of the refrigerator without opening the door.
The Family Hub aims to help households take control of their various Samsung smart devices.
Samsung Connect enhances this as a platform capable of connecting and controlling IoT devices regardless of their operating systems, such as Android or iOS.
Samsung Connect is integrated into the Family Hub.
Users will be able to turn on and monitor their AddWash washing machine or tell their POWERbot vacuum cleaner to begin cleaning up the living room from Family Hub’s interactive screen while cooking or entertaining in the kitchen.
Samsung is also continuing to grow Family Hub’s partner ecosystem with innovative new services and content.
More than 100 partner companies collaborate with Samsung’s Family Hub platform across North America, Europe, and APAC.
Despite how strange it may seem this refrigerator seems to be an excellent central control hub for any smart home.