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Samsung readies its Smart Home technology

Samsung Electronics said yesterday it will unveil its latest technologies for the Smart Home at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week.

Samsung is attempting to connect its home appliances with smartphones.

Samsung Smart Home will enable users to control and manage their home devices through a single application, including refrigerators, washing machines, smart TVs, digital cameras, smartphones and even the wearable device Galaxy Gear.

The company will initially provide three main service features: Device Control, Home View and Smart Customer Service.

With Device Control, users can use customized settings on their mobile devices or Smart TV to monitor or control home appliances. They will be able to turn on air conditioners or activate lighting, for instance, while inside or outside the home, or even while traveling abroad.

Smart Home will offer a voice command function on all the controlling devices. For example, if a user says, “Going out” to his Galaxy Gear, lights in the home and other appliances can automatically be turned off. If a user says, “Good night” to a Smart TV remote control, the TV will be turned off, the lights will dim and will gradually turned off in readiness for sleep.

With Home View, users can use their smartphone to get real-time views of their homes via cameras in appliances.

The Smart Customer Service notifies users when it is time to replace parts and provides assistance in after-sales servicing.

“With Samsung Smart Home, we are bringing our capabilities as the world’s No. 1 manufacturer of smart devices to make the connected home a reality for consumers today,” said Hong Won-pyo, president of the Media Solutions Center at Samsung Electronics.

“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.’”

The technology will be rolled out across Samsung devices and appliances in the first half of 2014.

Initial deployment of Samsung Smart Home will focus on a range of Samsung Smart TVs, home appliances and smartphones. The service will gradually expand its coverage by including additional Samsung products as well as other manufacturers’ devices and appliances.

BY KIM JUNG-YOON [kjy@joongang.co.kr]

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