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CES 2016: Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator Hands-on Impressions
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CES 2016: Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator Hands-on Impressions

A clever refrigerator with a big ol’ touchscreen is a showstopper, Tizen OS and all.

Samsung announced a lot of tech earlier last week from the expected range of TVs and wearables, but their appliances were debatably more interesting with the Family Hub Refrigerator during their CES press conference. In fact, it was not only a nice stainless steel looking food compartment it was absolutely loaded with tech and the Internet of Things in the most direct way possible.

It’s hard not to notice that a sizeable 21.5-inch touch display running Samsung’s own Tizen OS occupies the door and essentially makes this the centerpiece for food storage and kitchen entertainment. I’m willing to bet that anyone who’s poked fun at the prospect of having a connected fridge found themselves gawking at the spectacle of remote access, not just because it’s a fridge with a big-ass screen — but a moderately clever one at that.

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Yes, here’s a fridge that, when paired with a Wi-Fi network, let’s you browse the web, look up recipes, keep track of the freshness of food and perishables without opening the door via camera, instantly order things from vendors (Fresh Direct, My Web Grocer, Shop Right), and even sync notes to your calendar for things non-food related. All of which to literally transform the common fridge into a reliable centerpiece of the kitchen, even going as far as monitoring other compatible appliances and adding your kids’ latest doodles via a smartphone app. Fancy fridge!

This fits within Samsung’s “Smart Things” platform, which means home automation for busy families or rigorous health fanatics dedicated to multitasking. In short, the Family Hub Refrigerator was probably the showcase of their booth and may have usurped the debut of flagship SUHD TVs. If you can afford it – whatever the price is (rumored to be above $5,000 to start) – availability is planned for this spring.

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About the Author: Herman Exum