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Samsung Stresses ‘Smart’ Appliances At CES


A washer that lets remote users know when
the laundry is done, and a refrigerator app that tracks expiration
dates of food, were among the slew of white-goods
innovations presented by Samsung Electronics America
here earlier this month at the 2012 International CES.

The washer, the WF457 front-loader,
boasts a Wi-Fi-enabled Smart Control
system that allows consumers to stay connected
to the wash cycle without having to
be near the laundry room.

By utilizing a wireless router and a
smartphone app, users can monitor cycle
selections and remaining time and finishing
alerts, can start or pause the washer
remotely, and can receive alerts and diagnostics
should problems develop.

The WF457 is also the first Samsung
washer to be smart-grid ready.

Other features include an industry-leading
4.5 cubic feet of capacity, an 8-inch
color LCD touchscreen for easy cycle selection,
and a “speed spray” option that
delivers a cleansing shot of water with dissolved
detergent and then a rinsing shot
for improved rinsing performance, which can
shorten cycle time by up to 25 percent, Samsung

The washer, a 2012 CES Innovations Award
honoree, will be available along with its matching
dryer this spring in onyx and white.

The new refrigerator app, called Grocery Manager, allows
consumers to track the expiration time of perishables
and to set convenient reminders to use the products before
spoilage. Added by popular demand, the app will be
offered with the manufacturer’s current RF4289 French
door and RSG309 side-by-side models, where it will
appear on the fridges’ 8-inch Wi-Fi-enabled LCD color

Samsung is also upgrading existing refrigerator apps by
providing a new look for the memo app and direct access
to the calendar, allowing users to create
new appointments from the home screen.

“Samsung’s strategy is to enable consumers
to be more connected and organized
through their household devices and
appliances, and we’re now extending that
connectivity right into the laundry room,”
said Kevin Dexter, the company’s home appliance
sales and marketing senior VP.

Samsung also introduced a premium
over-the-range (OTR) microwave oven
(model SMH2117S) that copped a 2012
CES Innovations Award in the Eco-Design
category for its large 2.1-cubic-foot capacity,
LED cooktop light, convenient bottom
controls and ceramic enamel interior.

The company also enhanced its popular
Flex Duo oven by topping it with an
induction cooktop. The new unit, model
NE599N1, provides the same oversized
5.9-cubic-foot oven cavity that can be split
into two separate compartments with different
temperature settings, while the new cooktop
uses electromagnetic induction to heat iron
pots and their contents while the surface remains cool to
the touch. The cooktop also allows for multiple pan configurations
or use of an oversized pot or griddle that would
not typically fit on a standard-sized heating element. The
new oven will be available this summer.