Powerful and connected digital appliance offers advanced functionality for food management, family communications, and entertainment
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the fastest growing appliance brand in America for the fifth straight quarter, unveiled its next generation Family Hub, a major advancement in the role and importance of the refrigerator in family life. Building upon consumer insights and feedback over the past year, the Family Hub has new app integration and more diverse content partners to make shopping, communication, and entertainment more seamless than ever.
The Family Hub is transforming life in the kitchen and reshaping expectations toward refrigerators. Its enhanced integrated tools and technologies include innovative voice activation features, three built-in cameras that allow users to see inside the fridge from a companion smart phone app, more personalized family connection features, and new ways to enjoy music and television. Additionally, the lineup has expanded from 4 to 10 models, including traditional 3-Door and new 4-Door French door models, enabling consumers to choose the configuration and price that fits their family’s needs.
The popularity of Family Hub reflects significant changes in the ways families live and communicate. Multiple generations are increasingly living under one roof, Millennials are boomeranging and elderly parents are settling in – while families are using mobile technology to stay connected.
“The kitchen has always been the place where family and friends gather, and it’s evolving as the nature of the family evolves,” said Michael Wolf, Creator & Curator, Smart Kitchen Summit and editor of The Spoon. “The way in which we store food, cook, and interact in the kitchen is changing to reflect an increasingly digital lifestyle, and the refrigerator is an important part of that story. We are excited to partner with Samsung today to have a wide-ranging discussion on the future of the refrigerator and the kitchen overall.”
Samsung has dialed up Family Hub’s connectivity in app integration and voice technology to make it even more interactive, personalized, and functional.
Food management is more seamless and easier than ever. From a smart phone, you can look inside the Family Hub refrigerator using the View Inside cameras, build your shopping list, and place an order using Instacart app or Groceries by MasterCard. Food delivery and cooking resources like Grubhub and Nomiku, or find a delicious meal idea with the voice-enabled Allrecipes app from Meredith Digital.
Family communication has been one of the most popular aspects of the Family Hub. Significant enhancements include an easy-to-use interface that enables family members to create their own profiles using avatars or, starting in September, personal pictures. With the LED touchscreen serving as an interactive digital bulletin board, users share photos, access updated calendars, handwrite memos in real time, and post memos from wherever they may be (via a companion smartphone app). In entertainment, app partners like TuneIn and Spotify allow you to stream music and/or videos, while users can also watch programming from their Samsung TV directly on their refrigerator.
To see the latest Samsung products including the new Family Hub, visit http://www.samsung.com/us/.