Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Family Hub: Samsung latest's voice-controlled takes smartness to a next level

Family Hub: Samsung latest's voice-controlled takes smartness to a next level

The new model is an evolution of the original Family Hub fridge from 2016, and is now on show at this week's CES 2018 Las Vegas tech show. And Bixby learns individual voices, so will personalise answers depending on who asks.

Along with a literal wall of a television, and new QLEDs with AI for 8K, Samsung's "First Look: event ahead of CES 2018 had some news about Bixby, SmartThings and Universal Guide".

The fridge also connects to a host of other Samsung SmartThings smart devices, if you've paid out for them.

While other manufacturers have embraced Alexa and Google Assistant, Samsung has - perhaps unsurprisingly - opted to include its own voice assistant, Bixby.

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Now, let it be known that a Family Hub fridge is not cheap, with prices ranging from around $2,000 to almost $4,000.

Supposedly able to distinguish between different family member's voices, the fridge will be able to read out your calendar for you over breakfast.

Bixby was previously added to Family Hub, but it only handled basic voice commands. Further, users will also be able to view the camera feeds from inside their rooms of what is happening in another room.

The new Samsung Family Hub also works as an entertainment centre, using the large display and AKG speakers for video and audio playback.

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The new app called Meal Planner will show recipes based on users food preferences and restrictions on diet and will provide details on new shopping deals on grocery and food items on online stores.

Integration with Smart Things means users can control a wide range of devices at home from the touchscreen on the fridge. This year, the company is taking this to the next level - by putting AKG speakers on its smart refrigerator, so that you can listen or sing to your favorite tunes without the need to invest a speaker for your kitchen.

Family Hub is a smart fridge that knows your needs. As of now, there is no information on the pricing.

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