New Family Hub Lets Users Tap and Talk to Simplify Daily Life

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These days, working parents are constantly looking for ways to spend more quality time with their loved ones – and that’s where Samsung Electronics’ new Family Hub comes in.


Family Hub not only streamlines food management like meal prep and storage, but also offers families simple ways to strengthen their connections and keep their household running smoothly.


Family Hub sits at the center of a wide ecosystem of Samsung products and solutions that make it easy for households to enjoy the benefits of a seamlessly connected lifestyle. And now, thanks to the refrigerators’ SmartThings integration and enhanced Bixby support, taking advantage of Family Hub’s personalized approach to connected living is even easier.


Let’s take a look at a few ways that Family Hub helps modern families simplify daily life.



Yoon Lee (left), Senior Vice President of Samsung Electronics America, and Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President of Samsung Electronics America, demo Family Hub’s Morning Brief function during Samsung’s CES 2018 press conference.



In the Morning

Because the new Family Hub features Samsung’s intelligent voice assistant, Bixby, now, when you want to get things done, all you have to do is say the word. A great example is the Morning Brief function, which makes managing family schedules and activities a whole lot easier.


Family members can start off their day by simply saying, “Hi, Bixby. What’s new today?”, and Family Hub will compile a brief that includes the information they need – such as the day’s news, weather, and their personal schedule – for quick and easy consumption. Because Family Hub can recognize each family member by voice, everyone gets the info that’s relevant to them.



At the Office

Family Hub’s Memo app allows family members to draw or type messages and record voice notes to send from their smartphones to the Family Hub, and vice versa. Even kids without smartphones are able to send their parents messages through the smart refrigerator.


Think of the app as a sort of digital family bulletin board that family members can post to from anywhere. So, for example, if you’re rushing to the office after a weekend that’s left the house in need of some sprucing up, you can update the kids’ chore list while you make your way to your desk.



Family Hub’s Memo app allows users to easily post reminders, voice recordings, handwritten notes and personalized live messages, like this one.



On the Way Home

Family Hub has always offered intuitive tools that make it easy for families to plan and prepare great meals. These include features like the View Inside app, which simplifies stopping by the store after work to buy ingredients for dinner by allowing you to scan the content of your fridge remotely, to ensure that you pick up just what you need.


And if by the time you get home you’re still not quite sure what to cook, Family Hub can also offer customized recipe suggestions based on your family members’ dietary constraints and much more.



On Weekends

Family Hub’s SmartThings integration makes household chores like vacuuming a breeze, allowing you to easily control a wide range of connected devices.


The new Family Hub also gives households the ability to seamlessly monitor and control, via a single app, the wide and ever-growing range of products and services that are compatible with the SmartThings IoT platform.


When catching up on rest on the weekend, families can utilize the refrigerator’s SmartThings support to take the hassle out of household tasks. With a simple tap of their Family Hub’s screen, users may start their vacuum, adjust their thermostat, and do much more.


You can even use Family Hub to help keep an eye on the little ones, making it easy to check on a sleeping baby in another room; see who’s at the door when the doorbell rings, using the Ring app; and, when you’re ready for bed, turn off all the lights with a tap.


These are just a few of the ways that Family Hub helps modern families simplify daily life. Family Hub is a vital part of Samsung’s vision for connected living – a vision that’s not reflective of some far-off future, but ready to be plugged in to consumers’ homes right now.



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