At the risk of sounding crass, smart home appliances aren’t anything new. In fact, if you cast your thoughts back to 1960s image of the ‘Home of Tomorrow’, it’s easy to see where the groundwork for multi-touchpoint computer-based home functionality has been laid. But even the most optimistic of mid-century designers would have gawked at just how far smart home technology has come, and for CES 2022, Samsung proved it, throwing everything and the kitchen sink at its new Smart Home Hub.
The first standalone SmartThings home controller, the new Home Hub takes the technology developed and implemented throughout its stellar home range and plonks it into one centralised dashboard. A more refined and accessible variation to that which featured in its $4,000 smart fridge, the Samsung Smart Home Hub plays out more like an AI-elevated tablet.
It boasts an 8.4-inch touchscreen display and comes complete with Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant built-in. Best of all, the portable Smart Home Hub will use AI to understand users’ needs and ‘automatically provide the right solutions’. In terms of design, the Home Hub sits nonchalantly in a charging dock and has two microphones and two speakers for hearing notifications and giving voice commands.
“Samsung Home Hub brings seamless connectivity to the smart home and makes users’ lives easier by understanding their preferences and setting their home devices and smart appliances up accordingly,” Hyesoon Yang, executive vice resident and head of customer experience at the Digital Appliances Business of Samsung Electronics said. “The connectivity of our devices and the Samsung Home Hub’s intuitive interface allow everyone in the home to get through their to-do list quickly.”
According to Samsung, the Smart Home Hub will allow you to manage your daily routine, while also helping to tackle chores, courtesy of the integrated AI-based SmartThings services. These include; Cooking, Clothing Care, Pet, Air, Energy and Home Care Wizard.
“To make dinner time easier, SmartThings Cooking allows you to conveniently search for, plan, purchase and prep weekly meals with Family Hub,” the official release states. When it’s time to do the laundry, SmartThings Clothing Care connects to appliances like the Bespoke Washer and Dryer and the Bespoke AirDresser and provides customized care options based on your garments’ material types, your usage patterns and the current season.”
Upon launch, the Samsung Home Hub will be able to connect to every product within the SmartThings ecosystem, with direct connectivity for other devices to come down the track. While there is no official pricing or release date just yet, the technology does appear to run on a similar architecture as previously announced SmartThings services, so it could be out sooner rather than later.