HEART OF THE HOME
Earlier this year, Korean technology giant Samsung launched the first refrigerator that incorporates the Internet of things—the Samsung Family Hub. The fridge comes with the brand’s Smartthings platform and intelligent voice assistant Bixby, meaning that homeowners can easily monitor and control an array of household devices. Other Samsung smart appliances throughout the home can be seamlessly managed at the refrigerator’s high-definition LCD touchscreen via the Smartthings app. With it, you can activate a washing cycle, a round of vacuuming, or even check your front door security. Meanwhile, Bixby allows for voice-activated navigation, even recognising individual voices; your family can also create customised profiles to personalise the experience. The most important function, of course, is food storage. The Samsung Family Hub takes meal prep to the next level with the View Inside app, allowing users to check the contents of the fridge remotely via smartphone, set food expiration reminders.