Samsung Bixby coming to ovens and robot cleaners this year
Although most users associate Samsung Bixby with the Galaxy flagship handsets, this AI-driven virtual assistant is already capable of providing a way to interact with a wide range of devices, including many that have been manufactured by third parties. For now, there are still some areas left to conquer, but Samsung is taking all the steps needed to bring AI capabilities to all its home appliances by 2020, as promised.
The ecosystem of smart home appliances controlled by Bixby is already quite advanced. For example, basic voice commands like "it's cold" or "it's hot" can adjust the temperature by starting the air conditioning unit or the heating system, but more advanced scenarios are also possible. In such a case, saying "good night" will turn off TVs, dim the lights, and switch air conditioning and heating systems to sleep mode. Obviously, "good morning" can revert those operations and, by the end of the year, saying "goodbye" will probably allow the robot cleaners to get their job done while the homeowners are away.
According to Samsung, "Bixby will constantly evolve based on user experience so that it can understand and perform with more precision." Where will it end, this is something that remains to be seen. Do you think that the whole smart home concept is moving too fast? If any of you is already using a smart home ecosystem, it would be great to hear your feedback on the present and your hopes for the future. As a final thought, I'm all about analog systems that I can control and that cannot be hacked from another continent.