Our homes are increasingly becoming more intelligent with smart integrations in the form of lighting, connected plugs, and other devices that make everyday tasks a lot easier.

Some of that hardware is extremely popular with consumers, such as the Philips Hue range of lighting, whereas other devices, such as Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerators – which were initially introduced last year at CES 2016 – are proving a slow burner, and this is likely due to the cost and disruptive nature of the hardware.

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However that hasn’t deterred Samsung from investing additional resources into that range, resulting in the announcement of the company’s Family Hub 2.0 connected refrigerators. The connected home is an area in which manufactures are looking to introduce new and innovative products so that we can all live in an intelligent environment.

Samsung is most definitely part of that revolution, but is also investing heavily in the connected kitchen space in the hope of being the main choice for consumers looking to add a little pizazz and panache into an area of the home where a lot of us spend a great deal of time.

The latest edition of Family Hub 2.0 refrigerators builds on top of the original platform, and features an expansion from four to ten stunning models for consumers to choose from. In addition to that extended choice of hardware, there’s also dramatically improved usability enhancements as well as partnerships with additional app providers to bring additional functionality.

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For a more convenient kitchen experience, Samsung’s advanced voice technology has also been integrated across many of Family Hub 2.0’s apps. For example, users can issue voice commands to learn the weather and time, add products to shopping lists and order groceries online, manage to-do-lists as well as calendar schedules, in addition to controlling various other apps.

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Samsung has placed an onus on usability as well as food management with Family Hub 2.0. With that in mind, users will be able to actually define the individual food items that they wish to be replenished using the integrated View Inside camera system. Enhancements include adding images of those items to the internal shopping list, which can then be instantly ordered using the Groceries app powered by MasterCard.

There’s also a number of improvements to the AllRecipes recipes app, including recipe readout and enlarged text that should hopefully make it easier to read and follow along. And of course, what would a smart fridge be if you couldn’t talk to it to get the latest weather and up to date news?

For a more convenient kitchen experience, Samsung’s advanced voice technology has also been integrated across many of Family Hub 2.0’s apps. For example, users can issue voice commands to learn the weather and time, add products to shopping lists and order groceries online, manage to-do-lists as well as calendar schedules, in addition to controlling various other apps.

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The connected kitchen revolution doesn’t stop there either for Samsung. The South Korean company is also planning on extending the Family Hub software into other cooking appliances for the kitchen, such as ovens and stoves.

Family Hub 2.0 smart fridge will be available starting at $5,799 with no specific release date set for availability.

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