Syncing your entire household digitally

2014-02-22 00:00

“ECOSYSTEMS” has been a buzz word among techies in recent years, however, having all household appliances under one brand name has become a consolidated approach by major electronic giants.

The idea is to pick your favourite product, for example, a tablet or smartphone, and slowly watch yourself become immersed into it, through seamless connectivity options designed to make your life more convenient. This kind of convenience is addictive.

Solutions to home ecosystems were recently revealed at the Samsung Forum 2014 held in Malaga, Spain, where Samsung showcased their line-up of new tablets, television sets, cameras and household appliances, all of which set somewhat of a benchmark of what new technologies one can expect to be surrounded by in daily life.

The Ultra High-Definition TV

The highlight of the showcase and one that left jaws dropping, had to have been the revealing of the highly anticipated, Samsung 110-inch curved Ultra High-Definition (UHD) TV set. The thinking behind the TV was not only that the curved screen allows for wider field of view, but also manages to achieve a 3D depth in picture without the use of 3D conversion or active glasses.

While Samsung were not the first to introduce the curved TV sets, they have managed to remain market leaders in terms of having one of the best UHD picture qualities. Simply put, the UHD TV screen betters the picture quality of a 1080p Full HD screen and increases the number of pixels by a factor of four, spawning the term “4K TV”.

While UHD TVs are still pricey on the market with some costing close to the price of a luxury home (R2 million and up), the price is expected to drop drastically with the introduction of newer models. The timeframe between the release of HD TV and the UHD TV set now has been a narrow gap; this also leaves early-adopters very little time to keep up with costly trends.

The Pro Tablet

Also on the list of new releases at the event was the range of new Pro tablets from the manufacturing giant. The new Galaxy tablets boast an advanced display, enhanced hardware and powerful tools. Among the four new tablet devices is the 12,2 inch Tab, one of the largest screen tablets currently available. The device forms a view the size of an A4 piece of paper, making reading easier without the need for pinch-zoom.

Among other tablets introduced were new versions of an 8,4 and 10,1, with all tablets running the new Android operating system Kit Kat. Samsung have also managed to alter the system with the inclusion of Samsung Knox to protect the user’s information and a remote desktop control application to control a PC or any other device from the tablet.

The Samsung NX series of cameras also had their chance in the spotlight with most of the new range of cameras fitted with an LED screen, and like Samsung tablets and smartphones, the camera also runs a version of the Android operating system.

The new highly publicised Samsung W 9000 washing machine was also introduced.

The washing machine boasts an auto-optimal wash, which senses the wash load, soil level, water level and detergent measure.

Other productions showcased included an office printer and new Samsung fridge, which helps organise food and includes a smaller door for easy access for kids.

In some way or another, all devices, including the Samsung household appliances, can be linked and connected digitally, whether it’s through Near Field Communication, Bluetooth or another connection.

Whether you need ecosystems to simply give you a notification when your washing is done or whether you need it to digitally sync your entire household, it can be very useful and convenient.

Whether it is a marketing ploy for companies to encourage the purchase of more than just one of their products, ecosystems have found their place in daily life and can contribute to making everyday tasks simpler and more efficient.

Let me know what you think @KyleVenktess on Twitter.

• Kyle Venktess’s flights to Spain and accommodation were sponsored by Samsung South Africa.

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