The next-generation Samsung Family Hub refrigerator, replete with new artificial intelligent (AI) capabilities to help homeowners streamline meal planning, will be on view at CES 2020.
Its new intelligent features, says the company, range beyond meal planning to other daily tasks to deliver a more personalized experience, while enabling families to control more of the connected devices within their smart home.
In response to years of consumer insights with Family Hub, the next generation delivers innovative features including AI-enhanced cameras inside the refrigerator and improved meal planning and recipe suggestions tailored to personal preferences. The new Family Hub also enables families to share more types of media and entertainment together, and brings a new level of control to the connected home.
The new Family Hub, says Samsung, is more streamlined, customizing the entire food experience with recommendations of Smart Recipes based on the dietary preferences set by the home’s occupants that will help them devise a weeklong meal plan based on refrigerator inventory, and prepare shopping lists with all the right ingredients.
Family Hub’s ViewInside cameras have been upgraded with new AI image-recognition technology, which automatically scans the products inside, identifies them, and sends updates on items the family has added or depleted. Family Hub’s Meal Planner is also smarter, with the Quick Plan feature now offering a week’s worth of recommended recipes with just one click.
Another new feature for meal planning is brought to the Hub through technology from Whisk, a food AI startup recently acquired by Samsung NEXT. Whisk can help plan an entire meal, or a week’s worth of meals, by adjusting recipes based on the number of guests expected, building a smart shopping list that consolidates ingredients from several recipes.
The Hub’s virtual bulletin board, Family Board, now supports video clips, so the home’s occupants can transfer videos from a smartphone to the refrigerator.
To make sharing easier, Family Hub has also updated the SmartView feature, which mirrors content from connected Samsung TVs and Samsung mobile devices. With portrait mode, users can watch vertical smartphone videos, as well as social media content, on the full screen of Family Hub. And with almost half a dozen options available, family members can enjoy music from music streaming apps.
Via the new Family Hub, monitoring and control of over 1,000 SmartThings-compatible products throughout the home is possible, including lighting control, monitoring and locking of the front door and temperature regulation. And with the addition of the new SmartThings Video widget, multiple security cameras are viewable at a glance, to keep an eye on the whole home from the kitchen.
The new Family Hub software enhancements will be available this spring, Samsung says.