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

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Ahead of its big press event, Samsung held a preview event at CES where it announced Bixby would be coming to its Family Hub fridge and lineup of 2018 Smart TVs.

Like Amazon Alexa, Bixby can be controlled by your voice, and can help you out with daily tasks.

Samsung announced SmartThings Cloud in October, as it continues its expansion beyond phones, pushing out connected TVs and appliances.

The latest Family Hub model (which leaves us all asking, how many features is too many features) uses Samsung's SmartThings integration so the fridge is basically interconnected to the rest of your home.

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"SmartThings will be your remote control for your connected devices", Kim said. These include seeing who is at the front door with the ring doorbell, adjusting the thermostat, checking on a sleeping baby in the next room, and more, right from the refrigerator screen.

Family Hub in 2018 offers a wide range of smart features that allow consumers to do what they could not do before.

Family Hub helps consumers manage food, with the View Inside app that enables users to see inside the fridge from anywhere. Samsung has also added two new food-centric apps: Meal Planner is a food management app that provides recipes while accounting for food preferences and dietary restrictions. So the morning readout that happens when you ask "Hi Bixby, what's new?" will theoretically feature the correct calendar appointments and not someone else's. In its refrigerator form, Bixby can recognize individual voices of the different people you live with to provide personalized results.

If you don't fancy hearing all the awful meetings you have coming up then you might want to use the speaker system, which can stream music directly from your connected smartphone to be broadcast through the high-quality AKG speakers built into the doors. Think about being able to control your smart television, washing machine and locks all from one hub.



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