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Air-conditioners get AI upgrade

Jan 16,2020
Models demonstrate Samsung’s updated air-conditioner models in southern Seoul on Wednesday. [SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS]
Samsung Electronics on Wednesday unveiled updates to several wind-free air-conditioners that include the use of its artificial intelligence platform and improved cleaning functions.

The company’s new floor-standing and wall-mounted air-conditioners now allow users to easily detach the front panel without using a separate tool to clean the inner fan blade.

The updated wall-mounted air-conditioner has been topped with Samsung’s artificial intelligence platform Bixby, which enables users to control the device using their voice. Samsung said the update reflected consumer demand to communicate with household appliances.

Samsung enabled residents to install three air-conditioners per outdoor unit of one air-conditioner on the rise in demand to install an air-conditioner per room.

“Similar to last year, around 2.4 million to 2.5 million units of air-conditioners are expected to be in demand this year,” said Lee Jae-hwan, Samsung Electronics vice president of the air-conditioner product marketing division, Wednesday at a press event held at Samsung’s research and development campus in southern Seoul.

With the goal to make art out of household appliances, Samsung offers nine different art panels that could be applied on the front panel of the floor-standing air-conditioner. The wall-mounted air-conditioner has been redesigned to be wider and slimmer than the previous model. An improved fan is able to drop the room temperature from 33 degrees Celsius (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit) to 25 degrees Celsius in 15 minutes, according to Samsung.

Samsung’s cube-shaped air-conditioners have also been updated with thicker dust-collecting filters and are able to turn on the air purifier function before the resident arrives home based on their location.

The wall-standing air-conditioner is priced between 3.45 million won ($3,000) and 7.2 million won, depending on size. The price of wall-mounted air-conditioners start at 980,000 won, and cube-shaped air-conditioners start at 700,000 won.

“Since Samsung first introduced wind-free air-conditioners in 2016, it has improved purifying functions and designs to rise as an essential household appliance throughout all seasons,” said Lee. “[Samsung] will contribute in making residential environments more refreshing.”

jin.minji@joongang.co.kr


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