On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, tech IPOs, Harley Davidson goes electric, Amazon rings our bell, Russia hacks the Olympics, all the best from Mobile World Congress, cloned pets! … and much, much more.
As if the connected world wasn’t already suffering from enough information overload, Samsung has doubled-down with their smart HomeHub fridge, an appliance with an interactive touch screen larger than a standard iPad on display at CES 2018.
Wait a minute. They’re not doubling down. What’s the descriptor for the number 14? That’s right, they’re launching not two or five versions of their HomeHub fridge, but they’re launching 14. The idea here is that by 2020, Samsung wants all of its appliances to be not only IoT ready, but smart – and that’s where the title of this post comes in.
Continue below for more and a video of the HomeHub fridge.
There are a LOT of companies peddling products here at CES. We’ve got smart cameras that auto-send images to Facebook and double-washing machines that allow you to clean two separate loads of clothes at once without ruining them or taking up more space.
But among all of the keynotes, Bosch stuck out, as board member Werner Struth spoke about their plans for the future. The private company’s leader of North and South American operations managed to speak with certainty not about the next whizbang product or another device was going to be the next big thing, but rather about how combining two mundane technologies (home appliances and internet connectivity) and ending up with extraordinary products. He’s spent the last year “figuring out how technology can do better for all of us.”
On this week’s podcast, The Drill DownÂ co-host emeritus Tom Cheredar joins us asÂ Microsoft gets cozy with creators, AT&T buys Time Warner, the Nintendo Switch, is your webcam part of a botnet?, a self-driving beer truck, Young Lando Calrissian, are aliens talking to us from space? … and much, much more!