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A smarter, connected future conjured at CES 2013

A television that can receive a brain implant to get the latest features even when it is old. A fridge where you can decide whether a certain portion should be converted to a freezer or not. An oven t


A television that can receive a brain implant to get the latest features even when it is old. A fridge where you can decide whether a certain portion should be converted to a freezer or not. An oven that can cook two things at the same time. A washing machine that pings your phone to let you know when the load is done. A robot vacum cleaner with cameras on it to enable you to get the cleaning done while you are at work. Nope this is not a leaf out of the Jetson’s episode. This is happening at CES 2013. Also Read - Samsung cuts production of TVs, home appliances

Of all the press conferences yesterday, no one conjured up the future better than Samsung that came out in full force with its “smarter” and “connected” home appliances. Take for instance its OLED TV (pictured above) that runs on a quad-core processor. It even allows two people to watch two different things on the entire screen simultaneously. And of course, it runs all the apps you’d normally run on your tablet and even has voice recognition. Also Read - Top 5 55-inch smart TVs under Rs 50,000 to buy this November

The great thing about this year’s CES is the willingness of companies to work together to create standards, especially when it comes to multiple devices environments. How a television can interact with any Android or iOS smartphone or tablet. It is finally falling into place. Yes, the content still remains dicey with UltraHD 4K displays being the talk of the show but that won’t remain a problem for long. Also Read - Looking to buy a 55-inch Smart TV? Here are best ones available on Amazon

Finally, some companies are thinking about consumers first. Samsung announced an evolution kit for some of its compatible Smart TVs from last year. While we still await the pricing and availability of these kits but the concept is quite powerful – why do you have to change your entire TV while all it requires is a minor hardware update. These evolution kits will fit into the rear of the Smart TV and give the same Smart TV features including a quad-core processor that are present in the latest generation product.

Refrigerators are getting smarter too, with one model even providing access to Evernote, a popular note taking app that had so far been on smartphones, tablets and desktops only. Samsung says their refrigerator is smart enough that users can with the touch of a button convert a freezer portion into regular cooling and vice-versa. It also showed an oven that has two compartments and can cook two things at varying temperature at the same time.

Increasingly most of our home appliances are being powered by the same silicon that runs our smartphones and tablets. A smarter operating system on these appliances, not very different from our phones, now enables them to make intelligent conversations with our smartphones and tablets. Users can customize the functioning of their appliances much like they customize their smartphones. And all this is happening. Right now.

  • Published Date: January 8, 2013 4:43 PM IST
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