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Samsung is putting a lot of tech into kitchens whether you like it or not

By Greg S ยท 11 replies
Jun 29, 2018
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  1. Smart home electronics have continued to rise in popularity as the cost of implementing IoT devices drops. Over the next four years, over 280 million homes will have at least one smart home device in them. Samsung is aiming to put refrigerators and ovens packed full of electronics into your kitchen.

    At the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco, Samsung showed off appliances from its Chef and Dacor's Modernist Collection. After getting past the flair of live cooking demonstrations, it is clear that Samsung is making a push to be at the center of smart home installations.

    Inside the door of the Family Hub refrigerator lies a 21.5 inch touchscreen. The interface is meant to act as a control system for all of your other smart home devices. Instead of mounting a tablet somewhere else, Samsung wants it in your kitchen in their refrigerator.

    Should you need to stop watching your favorite shows in the living room to go have dinner, content can be mirrored to the Family Hub's screen. Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allow for connectivity to lighting, door locks, Ring video doorbells, and other IoT products.

    All ovens on display were 36-inch models with options for gas and induction burners. A "virtual flame" feature on induction models is used to display temperature and status information since there would otherwise be no visual cues for how hot the surfaces may be.

    For more serious chefs, the Flex Duo Oven has a smart divider inside of it that splits the oven into two different compartments. Each segment can have its temperature set independently so that multiple dishes can be cooked at once at different temperatures. Although this is likely not a concern for the majority of users, remember that this is a product only likely to be found in luxury homes and apartments.

    Smart home technologies can provide many conveniences and benefits to the end users, but at what point does it go too far and no longer become useful? Placing a hub into a refrigerator is actually somewhat logical because of how much time is spent in the kitchen in an average home. However, do you really want to give malicious hackers potential access to an appliance that could burn down your house?

    IoT devices still do not have the best track record of security. Samsung is aware of these risks and has implemented safety features to try and prevent hazards, but it is worth considering whether certain products truly need more tech packed into them or not.

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  2. Jamlad

    Jamlad TS Maniac Posts: 178   +161

    Samsung are trying to wring more profit out of a decades-old mature market but stuffing insecure, needless tech into it. Rather than actually improve the base function of the product. This is a solution in search of a problem.

    Samsung can get stuffed.

    I don't need a "smart" fridge any more than I need a talking toaster, or an AI-enabled iron. It's a cupboard I put food in to keep it cool. That's all it needs to do.

    Now invent some (safe) way of preventing my produce from decaying at all, or even slower than refrigeration, without altering the taste and *then* we have a product. UV/radioactive sterilization? Time dilation? Teleportation? Pocket dimension?
  3. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,839   +193

    They need to put that in cars and get rid of all those tiny buttons.. Full panel for center console in cars, suv, crs and trucks. LED panels for the dash as well no analog gauges anymore... AI in your car as well..
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,839   +193

    Some people do, This is the future of talking AI devices in the kitchen the rest of the house!
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,494   +1,431

    BRAVO (y). The most reliable American car I've ever had was a '60s Plymouth, where the most complicated component was a hybrid tube+transistor radio - - it ran 250k miles!
    Reehahs likes this.
  6. GreenNova343

    GreenNova343 TS Maniac Posts: 338   +222

    Wow, talk about the height of laziness...you can't even be bothered to hit the Pause button on your remote before going to the kitchen, because you have to keep watching the video on your fridge door..
  7. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Evangelist Posts: 566   +1,104

    "Whether I like it or not" just means I'll pick another brand. It's funny how "smart IoT" manufacturers for simple single-function kitchen appliances seem to be determined to repeat the same mistakes of "3DTV" in being "designed by marketing" instead of market research, ie, the normal appliance market has been saturated, people tend to only replace fridges, toasters, etc, when they break, and yet they're trying to force a new market at the supply end without ever asking if anyone is actually demanding it at the consumer end...
    SirChocula likes this.
  8. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 537   +367

    More things to break, and junk I could care less about. They reach further into your wallet to buy, and even further for repairs. Repairs will become more expensive, plus no spare parts a short time thereafter, forcing you to buy another new one and add to the landfills.

    Jamlad said it all.
    SirChocula likes this.
  9. Jamlad

    Jamlad TS Maniac Posts: 178   +161

    No they don't.

    When you combine completely non complementary functions you don't get a better product. You sacrifice performance in order to make it work and get one that is bad at both. A combi TV-VCR? Fine. But an amphibious vehicle is bad at being a car and bad at being a boat. The KISS design principle: Keep It Simple, Stupid.

    Furthermore buttons give non-visual tactile feedback, touchscreens do not. Can you touchtype on a touchscreen at the same speed and error rate as a real keyboard? I'd bet not. Distracted driving is already a problem when you're not fighting with your center console panel.

    Touchscreens also alienate the elderly and visually impaired. UX/UI designers are often young and don't consider people with poor eyesight, or even those that just need reading glasses. What error is my toaster giving me? Oh, damn. Better go get my reading glasses.

    And to top it all off it adds more complexity at a lower costpoint for the producer. Guages and buttons require tooling, molding, and individual mechanisms. What are you going to do when your entire dashboard panel fails instead of just the speed guage?
    Reehahs and BSim500 like this.
  10. dj2017

    dj2017 TS Addict Posts: 141   +122

    More tech in house appliances, more reasons for them to malfunction.
  11. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,323   +1,743

  12. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,756   +3,180

    Enough is ENOUGH! Soon American Standard is going to produce toilets that recommend changes to your diet based upon your bowl habits or worse yet, hook up with Alexa and give you some smart alack comments about the size of your butt. That's when I go back to the old outhouse!
    Reehahs and SirChocula like this.

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