Inside an airy, lavish model house in Seoul, Samsung’s virtual assistant, Bixby, can show visitors what’s inside the kitchen fridge while Amazon’s Alexa assistant controls the living-room lighting and air conditioning, and a speaker developed by Naver recommends music and TV shows. Samsung software overlays the in-house and competing products to create a unified control system, and so the company might someday be able to analyse the data created to refine its so-called internet of things (IoT).
“We are trying to combine various IoT technologies to create an environment where the house knows who you are,” said Kim Myung-suk, a vice-president overseeing the project.
The company’s first real test bed will be an apartment redevelopment project in the South Korean city of Busan. Owners of the 2600 units will be able to order a smart-home retrofit next month, and start moving in by August 2022.
Kim’s team declined to comment on how much it plans to charge.