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Samsung will no longer ship dumb home appliances by the end of 2023
- Samsung is committed to launching 100% Wi-Fi-enabled appliances by the end of 2023.
- These will integrate in SmartThings and enable several smart and eco-conscious routines and suggestions.
- Samsung is also switching all of its TV remotes to solar power.
The smart home is here, whether you like it or not, and Samsung is leading the revolution. The company just announced at IFA 2022 that all of its home appliances will ship with Wi-Fi by the end of 2023. That’s a little more than one year away from now. Presumably, by then, any new Samsung fridge, washer, dryer, oven, microwave, air conditioner, air purifier, or other appliance will be connected.
You may still be able to grab older, existing models if you don’t want to worry about software updates for your oven and security vulnerabilities with your fridge, but the writing is on the wall. Everything around your home will be smart at some point, and that future is slowly but surely approaching.
Samsung’s announcement is part of a bigger sustainability and energy-conscious play by the company. The goal isn’t just to connect your appliances for the sake of connecting them but to integrate them into SmartThings and enable smarter and more personalized controls.
This starts with a new AI Energy Mode in SmartThings that will make sure you use the most eco-friendly settings for the best results. For example, it could suggest you close your blinds to reduce the air conditioner’s power consumption. It could also detect the fabric of your clothes and run the exact dryer cycle they require instead of blasting them at full power and heat.
Samsung claims the combination of smarter and more eco-conscious appliances should eventually reduce your monthly energy bill by 30%. Of course, that is contingent on you buying into its entire home ecosystem.
Another, smaller but more significant upgrade will be the full switch to solar-powered remotes. Some Samsung TV series like the Frame already ship with these new battery-less remotes, but this will be extended to all of the company’s TVs. In seven years, this should have saved 200 million single-use batteries and reduced battery waste.