A fridge with a touch screen built in just above the ice dispenser. Not impressed? How about Samsung enables Wi-Fi on that sucker? Check. How about read and write Tweets, play music on Pandora, access your Google Calendar? Check, check and check. Superfluous? How about checking recipes based upon particular items that you have in your fridge? Done! Samsung’s new RF4289 Internet-Connected Refrigerator utilizes an 8-inch touchscreen display embedded right into the fridge door. While the Internet-connectivity is novel, beyond the recipe and calendar apps, the actual utility of such a “high tech” refrigerator has yet to be proven.
Ideas for future “smart fridges”: it would have been nice to see some capacity measurements. If the fridge had the ability to date and organize perishables as they were entered into the fridge, cartons of milk, date of lettuce, and have all that accessible via the touch screen in the door, then we can talk about a smart fridge. Truly further integration? How about you take those same quantities, and allow those to be accessible via a Samsung Fridge app on my phone, so if I’m grocery shopping, I can check the contents of my fridge via my cell phone. Too much to ask? I guess so!