Shop for groceries with Samsung's new fridge



    Jan 08, 2016

    Shop for groceries with Samsung's new fridge


    SAMSUNG Electronics has unveiled the Family Hub refrigerator, a smart fridge that sports a gigantic touchscreen and three inner-view cameras, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

    The latest product is the Korean maker's most ambitious fridge after years of an upscale push through generous use of stainless surfaces and collaborations with world-famous chefs.

    The cameras show all the food inside and their information is displayed on a giant 21.5-inch high-definition screen built into the front door.

    The screen supports diverse apps for shopping, cooking and Internet browsing.

    The company's co-chief executive Yoon Boo Keun touted the new fridge as "an inflection point" before the wider adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) technology that connects all machines from home appliances to door locks and lighting via the Internet.

    "The fridge will drastically change our daily lives just as smartphones did... almost a decade ago," he said at a press conference. "Starting with home appliances, the IoT will continue to evolve to upgrade our daily lives in diverse sectors."

    Together with the company's 2016 smart TV featuring an IoT hub function for the first time, the new fridge, priced at about US$5,000 (S$7,180), is the key to Samsung's latest big push in IoT.

    Last year at the Consumer Electronics Show, Mr Yoon pledged that all the company's products will be able to communicate with one another by 2020.

    The fridge also allows users to order goods from online retailers using the Groceries by MasterCard app while families can share their schedules via a family calendar app.

    Another app also offers useful recipes from famous chefs.