The mammoth Consumer Electronics Show (CES) officially started on January the 7th, and in the smart home arena, Samsung and LG were definitely leading the charge.
At the press conference before the 5-day event, Samsung CEO Kwon Oh Hyun projected the success of their smart home technology in a world ever more eager to embrace tech advances. “The home of the future,” he said, “has to protect, be flexible, and be responsive.”
The technology will continue to be supported by the increasing reach of connectivity and the ongoing trend toward urbanisation. Hyun talked about the consumers’ need to be protected by smart technology in their homes from potential environmental threats and crime. Since more and more people work at home, consumers need flexible technology that allows them to access content anywhere.
Samsung’s Smart Home platform, a family of connected appliances and devices, debuted at the show. The platform will allow users to access all their appliances from their smartphone or Smart TVs. Users will be able to use verbal commands, like “going out,” for all connected lights and appliances to shut off. They can also monitor their home while away. Connected appliances, which will eventually come from other manufacturers, will notify users of maintenance and servicing needs.
Future plans for the Smart Home platform include applications for security for the home, energy, and healthcare. “With Samsung Smart Home, we are bringing our capabilities as the world’s number one manufacturer of smart devices to make the connected home a reality for consumers today,” said Wonpyo Hong, President of Samsung’s Media Solutions Centre. “In the coming days, we will continue to roll out better home services to our consumers to enable them to keep enjoying a brand new experience of ‘Smart Living and Beyond’.”
LG announced its Home Chat platform that allows users to send text messages to manage appliances. According to Los Angeles Times contributor Chris O´Brien, users can text their refrigerator to ask it what groceries to shop for. Other kinds of appliances the system will work with include washing machines and robotic vacuum cleaners.