Samsung took the stage at last year’s CES to unveil their Family Hub Smart Refrigerator, which packed a large display mounted to the right door and packed a ton of useful technology features. Now they’re back at CES 2017 with the second-generation model, which further improves the first model.
Samsung is launching the Family Hub 2.0 connected refrigerators with a new version of the software, which is improved for the second generation. Samsung’s Hub has also been expanded to support “A full range” of popular 3 and 4 door French Door models, which makes it easier for potential buyers to consider. The number of refrigerators that support the Family Hub is now up to 10.
As mentioned earlier, the Family Hub 2.0 update adds a ton of better flexibility into the system, which will offer enhanced usability and food management. The cameras that are inside the refrigerator will still be able to add food items to your shopping list, but they will now be able to provide images of the food that will be added to the list. Another example of adding better flexibility and usability would be the option to buy the selected food in the grocery list straight from Mastercard, and then simply picking up the groceries at the store and not having to worry about paying at the counter. Finally, the recipes app, which is being powered by AllRecipes, will now have the feature to reading out the text to you, as well as making the text larger to read.
Samsung’s line of Family Hub apps, such as bulletin boards, calendars, and handwritten notes also gain the functionality of being read out loud, as well as gaining voice controls, such as asking the fridge about the weather, time and news. Enhanced app support is also on board, with new partners such as GrubHub, Nomiku, Glympse, Ring, Spotify and iHeartRatio for enhanced food delivery options, entertainment, and even home security.
Also according to Samsung, the Family Hub software will be making its way to ovens, stoves, and range hoods. Those appliances would communicate locally via Bluetooth, and users can access their functions via WiFi. CES 2017 is just getting started, so there is a lot more to come from TechDependent as we cover the world’s largest technology trade show. To see what all we have covered so far, click here.