This Is What The Home Of The Future Looks Like
A ref that manages your meals, a washing machine that finishes the laundry in 39 minutes, an easier way to cleanâ?"the future is here, now
As kids, we all watched movies and cartoons that predicted—oftentimes inaccurately—what the home of the future would look like. Jetsons-inspired interiors, vacuuming robots, and hovering cars were all examples of this whimsical future. But the future is now, and the reality is that it’s made possible with smart appliances that could simplify our everyday lives.
At the 2018 Samsung Forum held last February 8 at the cavernous Palazzo Dei Congressi in Rome, Italy, the company launched its latest home appliances, and revealed its vision for intelligent “Internet of Things” (IoT) experiences with its groundbreaking SmartThings app, which lets you control and monitor your appliances and home from anywhere in the world.
“This will be your remote control for your connected life,” explains Sangchul “Steve” Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Electronics. “At Samsung, we believe IoT should be as easy as flipping a switch. With the new products and features announced today, we’re making IoT easier and seamless.”
Ready for the future? Here are some of the home appliances you can get your hands on today:
A refrigerator that monitors food expiry and usage, and organizes your life
One of the major appliance highlights at the Forum was the 2018 Family Hub—what most of us know as the touch-screen refrigerator with “Bixby” recognizing each family member’s voice and commands, but with more impressive features, this time.
Director of home appliances for Samsung Philippines Ramon Medina explains its evolution: “In 2016, our vision was to create more than a fridge…since then, Family Hub owners have come to rely on its unique features, including using the touch screen to read their notes, post photos, and even share their recipes. Like its predecessor, this next generation Family Hub lets you view what’s inside your fridge anytime, anywhere [the appliance links to your own Samsung phone] and food expiry dates are now tracked automatically.”
Ramon reveals further that aside from managing expiry dates, “Bixby” can track the food left in the fridge and alert you to diminishing supplies (and expiry dates). It can play personal assistant too, by updating you with the news, weather, and personal schedule, as well as letting you manage all the other Samsung appliances through the touch screen via the Smart Things app. Watch the Family Hub in action:
A 39-minute laundry wash
In the Smart Home, the tedious task of washing clothes will become a thing of the past. Its new QuickDrive technology for washing machines can cut laundry time in half to a mere 39 minutes for a daily load of laundry when put on its Super Speed setting. Other new features include a Laundry Planner (yup, you read that right) that helps you manage your laundry sked via your phone, and a Laundry Recipe that gives recommendations of wash cycles for each fabric type and degree of soiling.
But one of the best features of this washing machine is the AddWash, a mini-door on the front-load door that lets you add items at any time of the wash. This could also work if your son suddenly walks in with a dirty t-shirt while you’re already doing the laundry! Watch the AddWash function in action here:
A vacuum that makes cleaning much, much easier
Vacuum cleaners are the modern way to banish dust and dirt, but there’s always something that gets in the way—hard-to-clean dust-bags and filters, clumsy attachments, and even bulky and unwieldy vacuums are all at fault.
This isn’t the case with Cordless Vacuum POWERstick Pro (it can run for as long as 40 minutes on its battery), with its Turbo Action Brush, which can effectively and completely pick up dust from different floor types, from fabric to hard floors. Meanwhile, its EZClean Dustbin empties with the quick pull of a lever, dislodging dust and even hair strands without getting your hands dirty.
But the best part about using the POWERstick is that it could let you get into really tight spaces. Its patented ergonomic Flex Handle folds up to 50 degrees with the click of a button, letting you reach into the deepest recesses of low furniture like under tables, sofas, and beds.
A sleek TV experience that feels like you’re right there
Gone are the days of the clunky entertainment center with ugly speakers located left and right, and wires snaking everywhere. Today, you’ve got the NW700 Sound+ Soundbar, which has a super-slim, 53.5mm-wide form that’s optimized for wall mounting under Samsung’s equally sleek TVs. It’s one of the best sound systems that can be seamlessly integrated into modern décor.
If you move past the impeccable design, the 2018 Soundbar has sound-enhancing features, such as distortion-canceling, wide-range tweeters and multi-speaker control, making you feel like you’re right in the action of what you are watching.
PHOTOS: courtesy of Samsung
Samsung products are available at major appliance stores, or visit their website. They will also be offering special 20% discounts on select premium Samsung items at authorized dealers until March 31, 2018.
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