While the digital NewFronts took place last week, Samsung held a somewhat non-related event that everyone in the TV and video industries should be paying attention to. During a daytime event in NYC's meat-packing district, the electronics giant and leader in smart TVs announced that they are reinventing the refrigerator.
The "smart home" and "internet of things" is not a new concept but as technology catches up with everything in the home Samsung made it clear that refrigerators are part of the revolution.
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The Samsung Family Hub™ Refrigerator is "enhanced by a 21.5 inch full HD LCD screen which serves as the refrigerator’s digital command center, and seamlessly connects to your smartphone," according to the announcement. A key component of the appliance is the ability to access entertainment from your Samsung smart TV. Here are the details from Samsung on how they are "bringing entertainment into the kitchen."
With today’s open home floor plans, people are moving freely between rooms and demanding a seamless flow of entertainment into the kitchen as they cook and socialize. The Family Hub™ enables favorite television shows to be mirrored from Samsung Smart TVs1 onto the refrigerator’s digital screen. Music lovers can stream their favorite songs and talk radio programs through apps such as Pandora using the built-in speakers. The refrigerator also connects to external Bluetooth wireless speakers like Samsung’s own Radiant 360 line for sound that stretches beyond the kitchen.