Following Google car interface, Samsung to add AI to your home

Samsung has announced a system to link together a household’s various gadgets, appliances, and utility controls.
The South Korean firm will show off the technology at its booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) when it opens in Las Vegas on Tuesday,
Archos has already said it will show off an Android-powered Smart Home Tablet designed to control and access information from other connected devices.
LG will also show off its HomeChat system, announced last year, which allows owners to control devices by sending them SMS-based text messages.
‘Grand vision’
Samsung said its new service would initially offer three features:
Device Control: Devices including air conditioners and lights can be turned on and off via a smart device app. This can be done whether the user is at home or elsewhere, and includes support for voice commands that can also be spoken into its new TV remote controls.
Home View: Cameras built into TVs and other appliances can be used to provide real-time video feeds to a user’s smartphone, allowing them to keep an eye on their property when out.
Customer Service: Appliances will notify the app if a part needs to be cleaned or replaced, for example sending an alert if a fridge light burns out or if a washing machine filter is clogged.
The firm said its Smart Home app would initially run on selected Samsung TVs, smartphones, tablets and its Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
It will work by sending messages to remote computer servers that in turn send data to Samsung’s range of internet connected air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, robot vacuum cleaners, LED lights and digital cameras.
The company added that it intended to expand the platform to support healthcare products, door locks and unspecified “eco-home applications” at a later date, and would also release a software protocol to enable other device-makers to link up their machines.

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