South Korean tech giant also displayed new ‘platinum’ and ‘rose gold’ versions of its Gear 2 smartwatch
The South Korean technology giant rolled out new versions of its Gear 2 smartwatch– in “platinum” and “rose gold”- and previewed its newest fleet of ultra high-definition televisions.
But it was a household appliance that drew the most attention to Samsung at the annual trade show for pioneering tech products.
The Family Hub refrigerator has a 21.5-inch screen with built in applications through which consumers will be able to shop in a virtual grocery store, post reminders to their kids, or display family photos.
The shopping application will work initially with two major US grocery chains, and will function like home delivery options already available from many stores except that purchases will be made from the same device which will eventually store the food.
The refrigerator also has a camera on the inside so that those who choose to venture to the store will be able to scan their fridge from a smartphone to determine what to buy.
“How many times have you gone to the grocery store and forgot to buy an important item, or bought something you already have?” asked John Herrington, a senior vice president at Samsung America, as he pitched the high-tech fridge. “Now imagine being at the grocery store and using your smartphone to look inside your fridge.”
Mr Herrington referred to the Family Hub as a “true home appliance revolution”.In a somewhat less ambitious project, Samsung also introduced a new washing machine that includes a hatch through which stray socks or other items can be added mid-cycle.
The announcement of the AddWash technology came just minutes after a discussion of developments in the company’s line of virtual reality products.Samsung also introduced a new tablet, the TabPro S , that they claimed would be the thinnest and lightest on the market.
Other products unveiled this year at CES range from self-lacing shoes to high-powered drones.