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CES 2011: Samsung Wants To Be All Over Your Home

by Sean P. Aune | January 7, 2011January 7, 2011 6:00 am PDT

Despite all of the jokes made about 3D televisions, Samsung looks to be standing behind the technology.  The company reports that 3D TV units have surpassed one million in sales across all brands, and it is surpassing the adoption rate of LED TVs at the same point in its history.  Samsung controls 70 percent of the market at this time.  Samsung also expects 3D to grow six fold in 2011, reaching a market of six million uits by the end of the year. The Smarter Life is the theme for Samsung this year and is built on three pillars:

  • Smart Design.  While containing more features and easier to use.
  • Smart Experience.  Delivering more features, uses and games.
  • Smart Connections.  Making it easier to connect all their devices together and connecting to the Internet and the Cloud.

Smart Home Category

The leading product category for the company will be its TVs with the built in App Store which has enjoyed over 1.5 million downloads since its introduction last year.

Focusing on design, Samsung this year is introducing TVs with a smaller bezel that will measure a mere .two-tenths of an inch, or in English … really darned thin.  Thanks to this technology their screens will increase by one inch without increasing physical size, so the new sets will measure 43, 51, 59 and 64-inches.

1foot Connection is a new technology that will allow you to bring devices within one-foot of another and automatically recognize one another for easier connection.  From then on, anytime a device comes within range of your home network it will automatically be recognized without having to enter any identifications

How about a new LCD remote that will allow you to watch a second video channel while the TV is on another?  Let your spouse watch what they want while you check out your favorite show or event on the remote itself

The company is also proudly announcing the world’s thinnest Blu-ray player with a scorching three-second boot time.  Considering how long we’ve seen some of these players to spin up, this is lightning fast. The model number is to be determined.

Expanding their Smarter Life theory, Samsung is launching a Smart refrigerator that will feature an eight-inch LCD screen with Wi-Fi connectivity which will work with apps, photos and even a way to leave notes for one another.

Smart Mobile Category

Samsung is remaining committed to the Android platform, and this year the first priority is going to be content.  One of their first big announcements is the CBS network is joining the Media Hub this year to bring its hit television shows to their mobile devices, joing others like MTV, Universal and Warner Brothers. 1.5 million Samasung Galaxy Tab tablets across all carriers in 2010 Wi-Fi only version of the Galaxy Tab tablet will launch in the first quarter of 2011. Galaxy Player, four-inch screen Super Amoled, Android 2.2 Infuse 4G, 4.5-inch Super Amoled Plus display, Android 2.2, 1.2 GHz processor, 8 megapixel rear camera and a front camera for video conferencing.

Overall Samsung had a strong showing, but we’re still a little freaked out about the Wi-Fi connected fridge …


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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