It's been a few years since my last Bangkok trip but here I am, surrounded by Samsung's latest offerings, at their SEA Forum held in the city of angels (and traffic jams).
The TV above is the new 88-inch JS9500 that features what Samsung calls SUHD technology. I was just getting used to UHD and now they added an S to it. But I am Singaporean, so acronyms do not phase me.
I don't know what the S stands for (Super? Solid? Superior?) but Samsung says it is used for their Premium products, and says SUHD delivers 2.5 times brighter images compared to regular TVs, and also 64 times more colour expression.
In Vietnam, Samsung Smart TVs don't need a set-top box anymore because you can use a card that slots into the back of the TV.
This egg-looking device is the WAM7500 and it is an Omnidirectional 360 speaker. Sound can travel in a 360-degree radius with this speaker.
It looks like I am playing music in this photo but I am really playing a game.
I also got to play with the NX500 camera. I see the Samsung has followed the retro styling that Fuji and Olympus made popular. It comes in black, white and brown but I seem to like the brown one best. (I wonder why…)
The NX500 features a 28MP APC-C sensor and shoots 4K video. It's positioned as the smaller cousin of the NX1. Besides the 9FPS continuous shooting mode and motion detection feature, the NX500 has one feature that will excite the narcissists among us. Yes, the screen flips up to allow you to take the perfect selfie. In this day and age, No Selfie No Talk.
The camera handles well and I found it ergonomic. My only gripe is a lack of a viewfinder but that's because I am an old coot with age-related longsightedness.
Of course, a tech event isn't complete without featuring the unsung heroes of electronics: Fridges and Washing Machines.
I went to check out the new Chef Collection refrigerator. Samsung claims this behemoth of a fridge can maintain a constant temperature within a 0.5°C variance. The temperatures in typical fridges vary as high as 1.5°C.
This fridge is so big, even I can fit into it. Hmmmm…
My interest in washing machines is genuine. Because my old one just broke down and I had to replace it. A washing machine is something you don't think about until it breaks down. When it does decide to go to Washing Machine heaven, you are left staring at a pile of unwashed laundry wondering how to live like civilized human beings again.
So I've become a kind of an amateur washing machine enthusiast.
That is the Samsung WA6700 top loading washing machine with built-in sink you see above. Samsung calls it "activ dualwash", which sounds better than "attached sink thingie", I suppose.
It seems like a good idea, not needing to soak/scrub your dirty clothes in a random basin on the floor first. You just do it at the washing machine's sink directly and then pour both the laundry and the water into the machine.
This front loader comes with a a door that opens really wide, for easier loading and unloading. I think you can even stuff a small pig through that hole. There is also a built-in detergent and softener dispenser.
Onward to the airconditioners and the cleaning robot.
I have to say I was very fascinated by the robot cleaner. Even its name is high tech. It's called the POWERbot VR9000. With a name like that, you half expect the robot cleaner to transform and roll out. And why is the name in all caps for the word "power"? Does one shout the first half of its name?
"Hey guys, I just bought a POWER! …bot. Come and play with the remote with me!"
The POWERbot can traverse your home automatically, mapping the place on its own, or you can use the remote to make it do spot cleaning. Me, I'd send it to the kitchen to get me a beer.
The last thing on my agenda for today is a visit to Health Land for some aromatherapy massage. That is one thing you still need human hands to execute. For now.