From talking fridge to robot vacuum: Samsung unveils 'smarter' appliances


Posted at Feb 21 2017 04:06 PM

The new Powerbot vacuum cleaner. ABS-CBN News/Handout photo

SINGAPORE – Tech giant Samsung unveiled its latest vision for the connected family home at its recent regional forum.

Talking refrigerators and robot vacuum cleaners, among others, starred at the Samsung Forum held last February 16 at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center.

“At Samsung, we remain committed to developing thoughtful innovations that not only address the ever-changing needs of our customers, but are also aimed at making a meaningful impact in their lives,” said Yong Sung Jeon, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics Southeast Asia and Oceania.

“Despite some challenges, we’ve made big strides in 2016 and we continue to look forward as we engineer a smarter future together with our consumers.”

During the forum, Samsung introduced its new range of televisions powered by Quantum dot technology, with the promise of improving brightness levels and color volume at any distance. 

A specific line of monitors was designed with gamers in mind, offering calibration options to optimize picture presentation for different genres. 

One of Samsung’s new Quantum dot televisions. ABS-CBN News/Handout photo

Also launched at the forum is the FlexWash, which integrates two washers and a dryer into one appliance and promises to cut laundry time in half. 

The Family Hub 2.0, the latest edition of Samsung’s refrigerator line, features improved app integration. With its built-in cameras and web access, users can determine which food items need to be replenished as well as get recommendations on what dish to prepare and where to buy groceries.

The talking refrigerator also has a 21.5-inch LED touch screen which can serve as a digital bulletin board. Here, users can share anything – from photos to doodles – with those who have the Family Hub app on their smartphone.

Family Hub 2.0. ABS-CBN News/Handout photo

Another scene-stealer is Samsung’s newest line of Powerbot vacuum cleaners, which ensures thorough cleaning with its intelligent features. 

The robot vacuum can map and remember contours of a room to provide thorough cleaning, and automatically adjust the level of suction power according to surface type.