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I went back to Las Vegas this week to check in on the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, known as KBIS. Like CES, KBIS also takes place across the many halls of the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center. If you're into backsplash tile and cabinet hardware, this is the show for you. 

Elsewhere, the Beckham's made delicious-looking pizzas in their stone pizza oven situated in their kitchen, which features dark painted cabinets and a wood-topped island situated in the middle of the room.

Back in the kitchen, the June Intelligent Oven relies on object recognition to automatically start cooking your steak when you put it in the oven. GE also demonstrated its own food recognition capability at CES this year with its updated Kitchen Hub over-the-range microwave. 

I asked GE's Shawn Stover, executive director of SmartHome Solutions, about incorporating refrigeration, but he doesn't believe the technology there is robust enough yet. "Too many bad inputs can cascade into other problems," he told me. He did say GE is exploring partnering with grocery stores to link up your weekly purchases with the Kitchen Hub, which might be one way to save you from the labor of manual entry. He also described a possible future scenario where an AR overlay on the Kitchen Hub screen shows you exactly how to cut a steak you've plopped down under the camera. 

During their lockdown together, the family have been able to enjoy a wide variety of amenities at their stunning property, including a huge wooden framed hot tub which is placed a stones throw away from their sauna. 

Not all of the new Family Hub functions worked perfectly in my brief, unsupervised hands-on, but the step forward was evident enough that it appears that the smart kitchen might actually be getting smart enough to be useful.

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In the US this year, it appears that GE and Samsung will be the standard bearers for bringing the smart kitchen forward. Samsung's new Family Hub and GE's new Kitchen Hub microwave were the highlight of each vendor's respective KBIS booths. Samsung has the more complete approach, but GE is on to something as well.

We've seen this kind of data interpretation in other smart home products. Google's venerable Nest Learning Thermostat claimed from the start that it would learn your behavior to adjust the heat in your home automatically. Mattress-maker Sleep Number introduced a smart bed that communicates with devices like a Nest thermostat and a Fitbit fitness band to inform you about the patterns of other things in your life that correlate with you getting a good night of sleep.  

The rush to interpret smart home data into something meaningful is just the latest front in the campaign among technology companies to bring everything they can inside and outside of your home online. Call it smart home technology, ambient computing, or whatever next year's buzzword for it happens to be, the end result is that once everything is connected, these companies believe they can offer more compelling, more convenient technology products and services informed by the data they gather along the way.  

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I like Samsung's strategy because it starts at one of the places where food comes into your home. You can back the cycle out further back to dietary needs, or general food preferences, If you liked this article so you would like to get more info concerning Wholesale Cabinets generously visit the website. and new Family Hub software will allow you to tailor its recipe recommendations based on those factors, but for me, my best intentions when I go grocery shopping, even with a list built around a weekly menu, are often corrupted by whatever might look good on the shelf at that moment. 

I don't anticipate either GE's or Samsung's solution will sway skeptics of the smart kitchen or the smart home in general this year, although credit to both companies for bringing new functionality to existing products. In Samsung's case, even the first generation Family Hub refrigerator, now five years old, will get the object recognition software update. The more important point is that both companies are going beyond the basic transactional smart home functions and doing something innovative, and even potentially useful with data they generate by bringing household devices online. 

The object recognition in Samsung's fridge isn't perfect yet. When I played with it at CES, it mislabeled a can of seltzer when I shifted its position next to a can of tomatoes. It can recognize the difference between an orange and an apple, but a Samsung spokesperson at KBIS admitted that there's still a lot of learning to do before the Kitchen Hub can make more subtle differentiation like telling parsley from cilantro. Its camera also only captures the main shelves of Family Hub. It can't see inside the crisper drawers, the door shelves, or the freezer. That's a lot of fridge left unscanned, not to mention the dry goods in your pantry.