Samsung Family Hub smart fridge adds BIxby and SmartThings control for 2018

The CES logo is displayed in the Las Vegas Convention Center lobby during the 2018 CES in Las Vegas Nevada

The CES logo is displayed in the Las Vegas Convention Center lobby during the 2018 CES in Las Vegas Nevada

One of the major trends from last year's show was Alexa in everything, but for CES 2018, Samsung is bucking the trend by adding a different voice assistant into its smart Family Hub refrigerator: Bixby.

Ltd. today unveiled the next generation of its award-winning Family Hub refrigerator, continuing to pioneer and redefine the refrigerator category.

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Samsung announced the plan to put its voice assistant into its TVs and Hub fridges past year. So from this fridge's screen, you can adjust a SmartThings-compatible thermostat or view what's happening outside your front door or in another room of the house with a SmartThings-compatible camera.

Not only will the 2018 lineup of Smart TVs and the Family Hub feature Bixby, they will also incorporate Samsung's SmartThings, the company's IoT platform hub. It works with the SmartThings app controlled on your phone. Well, apart from hearing Miss Bixby from speaking clearly, you will be able to stream music from Pandora, which is one of the built-in app, and also stream music from your smartphone, you will also be able to have videos playing on the fridge's display as well.

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It'll let you do all the basics you'd expect of a voice assistant, from asking questions about the weather to finding new TV shows with your voice. And Bixby learns individual voices, so will personalise answers depending on who asks. A new Meal Planner gives families recipes based on what's in the fridge, favorite foods, and dietary restrictions. Various music streaming apps and live radio channels can be streamed through the fridge, with an AKG speaker system built into the appliance. The Family Hub also integrates with grocery delivery apps like Instacart.

If you don't fancy hearing all the bad 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.

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