Samsung Unveils Family Hub 2.0 and Smart Built-in Appliances at CES 2017
Driving innovation in the connected kitchen, new product lineup delivers on the needs and wants of the modern consumer
Mississauga, ON – January 4, 2017 – Continuing to drive innovation in the connected kitchen, Samsung Electronics Canada introduced its latest edition, Family Hub 2.0 refrigerator at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. The next generation refrigerator features enhanced usability with improved app integration, building upon Samsung Family Hub 1.0, which was introduced in Canada last year. Samsung also introduced its new line of smart built-in cooking appliances signaling its expansion into new categories.
Family Hub Expanded Across Models
Family Hub 2.0 will be available across a full range of Samsung 3-Door and 4-Door French Door models as well as the existing 4-Door Flex lineup, allowing Canadian consumers to choose the refrigerator that best matches their household needs.
“The Family Hub has transformed the concept of the connected kitchen into reality by enabling Canadians to manage groceries, connect with family and friends and access entertainment right from the comfort of their kitchen,” said Warner Doell, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Digital Appliances, Samsung Canada. “The intuitive innovation of the Family Hub 2.0 takes flexibility and functionality to a new level to deliver meaningful benefits in the connected lives of Canadian families.”
Key Enhancements in Usability with Improved App Integration and Voice Technology
With the Family Hub 2.0, usability and food management have been enhanced through expanded and intuitive app integration. Consumers can determine which food items need to be replenished through the internal View Inside cameras and the Recipe app, powered by AllRecipes, features recipe readout and enlarged text to make it easier for users to multi-task in the kitchen.
The Family Hub 2.0 has also been enhanced when it comes to family communications. An entirely new and easy-to-use interface has been developed to enable family members to create their own profiles using avatars or their own personal pictures. With the 21.5-inch LED touchscreen serving as an interactive digital bulletin board, family members can then, through their profiles and the Family Hub app on their smartphone¹, share photos, access updated calendars, handwrite memos in real time and post memos from wherever they may be.
For a more convenient kitchen experience, advanced voice technology from Samsung has also been integrated across many of Family Hub 2.0’s apps. For example, consumers can use voice commands to learn about the weather, time, add products to shopping lists, manage to-do-lists as well as calendar schedules, in addition to controlling various other apps.
To provide further upcoming choices for food delivery and cooking, location-based safety and home security services, and entertainment offerings, Samsung is also collaborating closely with partners to develop new content.
The Family Hub is a two-time CES Innovation Award honouree; first with Family Hub 1.0 in 2016 and again this year in the home appliances and software/UI categories.
Samsung Brings Innovation to the Built-in Appliance Category
Signaling the company’s commitment to investing in categories in which its expertise and innovation can enrich and empower the lives of consumers, Samsung also introduced its new smart built-in cooking line at CES 2017. The new product line includes various models of Built-in Double and Single Wall Ovens, Built-in Gas Cooktops, Built-in Induction Cooktops, Built-in Electric Cooktops, and Built-in Range Hoods, all of which seamlessly merge into any new kitchen design or remodel.
The Built-in Double Wall Oven incorporates Samsung Flex Duo™ technology, enabling three distinct oven spaces that can be individually controlled with the Samsung Smart Divider. The Built-in Ovens also utilize SteamBake and SteamRoast functions for better control of taste and texture, and the new Built-in Cooktops feature powerful burners and customizable configurations. The Built-in Cooktops’ new Magnetic Knob feature and Virtual Flame Technology™ also deliver precise cooking control and simplicity when it comes to cleaning. All a user needs to do is remove the knob and wipe down the surface – overcoming the tedious, and time-consuming painpoint of having to scrub away to remove grime on cooktops.
All of the built-in appliances from Samsung are smart and equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity², so users can remotely start, control and turn off their ovens, as well as monitor their cooktop and range hood from their smartphone¹. Bluetooth connectivity syncs the cooktop with the Samsung range hood to automatically start the hood’s fans or lights when using the cooktop.
¹Compatible with Android and iOS devices.
²Internet or carrier connection required.