With so much to see on the CES show floor at Samsung, it was nice to be able to get a guided tour of the booth. We took a look at the latest innovations taking the connected home to another level.
We were introduced to a number of TVs on our first stop on the tour:
• 105″ Bendable SUHD LCD TV that could be set to view either flat or curved.
• 82″ UHD Curved TV, a stylish collaboration between Samsung and renowned designer Yves Béhar.
• 65″ Samsung x Sony Smart TV that can stream games with Playstation Now. No console required.
• The Worlds Largest 110″ 8K Glassesless 3D SUHD TV looks pretty amazing.
Moving from the TVs, we headed over to an area that showcased their Omni Directional Speakers. The design of these speakers are sleek and stylish. Three different models will be available: tabletop model, portable model and a slightly larger model that will come with a subwoofer and stand. Due to the technology and design, the speakers provide 360-degrees of audio that sound the same where ever you stand. Up to 16 speakers can be paired together.
Mobile devices were up next.
• Galaxy Note 4. 5.7″ in size. 16-megapixel camera. Stylus included.
• Galaxy Note Edge. Wider than the Note 4. Curved, wraparound edge on one side of the display that can be customized.
• Galaxy A5. Shares the same compact design as the A3.
• Galaxy Tab Active. Rugged, water and dust proof. Features an 8″ LCD screen and C-Pen.
• The new Portable SSD T1. Weighing about 30 grams. this compact data storage device can be carried around in your pocket. Capable of storing 1TB of data and transferring speed is four times that of an external HDD.
Saw the Samsung NX1 SMART Camera which has a durable magnesium alloy body making it virtually dust and drop proof. A 28-megapixel, 4K video recording with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC connectivity. Mirrorless design makes for super fast shutter speeds and auto-focus.
The last stop on the booth tour showcased the home appliances:
• The Virtual Flame Induction Range is part of Samsung’s Chef Collection Series. Electric cooktop range with blue LED virtual lighting mimicking flames. Features a Chef Bake system and easy clean maintenance.
• Food Showcase refrigerator contains three features:
– ShowCase, located on the exterior door is divided into family-friendly zones.
– InnerCase, interior compartments that can store larger food items.
– Metal Cooling Guard Door, keeps the air cold and maintains the optimal temperature within the refrigerator.
• POWERbot Robotic Vacuum. Will automatically return to docking station when cleaning is completed or battery is low. Up to 60 times more suction than other robotic vacuums using Samsung’s Cycloneforce technology. Can roam on its own or be guided using a wireless remote.
• Activewash Laundry Machine, a top loading washer with a built-in sink embedded into the top of the washer. Clothes can be pretreated and left to soak using the sink, then dropped into the washer through a slot along with the water. The lid has a handle that can open either the sink or the washer without the sink.
A couple of the things we didn’t get a chance to take a look at, due to time constraints, were the Samsung Gear VR and Milk Music/Milk Video/Milk VR. The Samsung Gear is a VR headset using the Galaxy Note as a display and power source. The Milk suite of streaming services can be found on their Smart TVs, mobile devices and Gear VR. Look for some exclusive content to be available only through Milk.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has arrived. Samsung will not only be connecting you to your devices, but also with friends, family, colleagues and your lifestyle. They believe by 2017, all Samsung TVs will be IoT enabled and their devices within five years. For more information on all these and more go to www.samsung.com.