Via Twitter: Samsung’s Family Hub refrigerator, which sells for around $6,000, has a computer touch screen that covers most of one door. A water dispenser takes up much of the other. The refrigerator streams music, shows television shows by connecting with Samsung TVs, syncs family members’ calendars, displays photos and lets users post notes on the refrigerator screen from remote locations. Three built-in cameras take a photo every time the refrigerator’s doors close. The photos can be accessed via phone, allowing users to remotely see what’s inside—and what’s missing, like if the chocolate cake has been eaten up.
Eventually, the refrigerator screens will get prettier, too, Mr. Lee says, comparing it to the flattering, slimming effect flat-screen innovation had on television sets. “Over time, this technology will get sleeker and sleeker in terms of the look,” says Mr. Lee. “We might have it blend so well into the refrigerator so that when it’s off you won’t see there’s a screen there.”
LG Electronics’ InstaView refrigerator door includes a window so users can peek inside after tapping twice on the tinted glass panel. A door-in-door design lets consumers access some shelves without opening the entire refrigerator. The innovations in the fridge, which sells for $4,300 to $8,500, are meant to add convenience and preserve cold air amid Americans’ propensity for perusing: A U.S. household of four people opens the refrigerator about 15 to 20 times a day, according to LG research. “People spend 10.4 hours a year just staring into an open refrigerator,” says LG’s Mr. VanderWaal.
Later this year, LG plans to roll out a “smart” version of its InstaView refrigerator that includes a touch screen, compatibility with Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa and an internal panoramic camera that lets users remotely view photos of their fridge’s contents.
“Convenience never gets outdated,” says Mr. VanderWaal of the speculation that the models will quickly lose their modernity. Consumers initially had the same hesitation to invest in LG’s smart televisions. “It’s going to last.”
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