Samsung showcased its Family Hub Refrigerator at CES 2016, Las Vegas. The Family Hub is a smart fridge with built-in touchscreen a huge 21.5” to be precise. This is Internet of Things refrigerator from Samsung. Samsung first released its internet connected refrigerator back in 2012, then following that there was another attempt by Samsung. It was a four door Wi-Fi connected refrigerator.
This year’s offering from Samsung, the Family Hub Refrigerator is Wi-Fi enabled device and the company has improved this time over its previous iterations. This device from Samsung is a feature rich piece of technology, it is a compelling device designed for a smart home. The refrigerator does have four doors just like its previous version and is black stainless steel. The front of the refrigerator is covered by 21.5” display which is Gorilla Glass protected, on the top right door. This is a huge improvement over the 8” screen used last time by Samsung in its refrigerator. There is a proximity sensor in the screen and as it sense you coming near to the refrigerator the screen brightens up. You can put your images on the screen of the refrigerator.
Remember Alexa, the personal assistant from Amazon; Samsung is planning to integrate the AI into fridge which will give you a fully functional voice operated refrigerator as Amazon’s Echo speaker. There are hidden cameras inside the refrigerator, and they capture images of your groceries every time the door is closed. You can view these images via app on you Android or iOS device and plan what you need to buy while at store.
You can also access the Web from the refrigerator itself, look for new recipes online, also you can buy things right from the screen on your refrigerator, and this is truly an Internet of Thing device. There is also the capability to sync phones of family members with the note you add in calendar on the fridge.
The Family Hub Refrigerator has same CoolSelect+ feature that will allow you to convert the freezer compartment into a refrigerator section if and when required, which is pretty slick. To use the big display you need apps, and that too is covered here; there is Pandora, video playback and slideshows pictures. Also you can stream music and television from Samsung TV to Family Hub, along with the ability to control smart-things home gadgets, like turning off the lights and locking of doors.
The Family Hub Refrigerator is expected to be available for purchase this spring at a price of around $5,000. The fridge surely is costly and not everyone would be able to own it, but it is a good look into what our homes and devices would become in future.