Samsung has announced both a range of appliances and a Smart Home platform that allows users to remotely control their home electronics through a mobile Samsung device.
The home is the next frontier and, with mobile devices well in hand, Samsung is making a bid to expand its empire, with a fully integrated, connected smart home. The Korean electronics giant has announced a range of kitchen appliances, created in concert with Michelin-starred chefs — and a platform that holds it all together via an app.
Samsung has been in the appliance market for some time, but this will be the first created with the consultation of Samsung's Club des Chefs — a group of top chefs who consult with Samsung to create kitchen equipment that is suitable for cooks and chefs of all skill levels.
Included in the new range is:
The Chef Collection 4-Door refrigerator, with a capacity of 34 cubic feet (962.77 litres), is what Samsung is calling the most capacious fridge on the market. Inside, it contains a Fridge-in-Freezer compartment, which can be converted between fridge and freezer; the Chef Pantry, which is temperature-controlled at -1.1ºC for foods such as fish; and the Chef Pan, a special compartment that can be used for marinating or storage.
The new WF9000 washer-dryer, successor to the W9000, with a 25-kilogram capacity.
The new VU7000 Motion Sync Upright Vacuum Cleaner that uses Samsung's Motion Sync design for manoeuvrability.
Samsung also announced a new stove, oven, over-the-range microwave and a dishwasher.
To tie it — and all your other home electronics — together, Samsung has announced for the first time its Smart Home service — an app that can be accessed via your smartphone, digital camera, Galaxy Gear or Samsung Smart TV to control your home. This includes appliances such as air conditioning and washing machines, but also lights.
And it can be voice controlled. Speaking commands to your Galaxy Gear can set off a chain of events. The example Samsung gave was saying the phrase "Going out", which turns off the TV and all lights in the house.
At launch, the application will have three main functions: Device Control, which allows users to control their connected devices; Home View, which allows users to monitor their homes using cameras they have set up, including built-in cameras on devices; and Smart Customer Service, which allows users to access Samsung customer support.
"The Home of the Future has to protect, be flexible, and be responsive," said Samsung co-CEO Boo-keun Yoon. "[It] needs technology that will connect all the digital dots in the lives of consumers. Samsung is in a better position to deliver solutions for the 'Home of the Future' than anybody else — helped by our broad product range, integrated development and manufacturing, and our large global network of partners."
The company has beaten rival Apple to the punch, which wasin November last year.