Has LG Gone Too Far With Latest Smart Fridges?

We’re big fans of smart home tech here at eTeknix, and having recently invested in WiFi connected lighting, Amazon Alexa and various voice controlled heating technologies myself, I’m eager to see more tech like this in my home. However, the latest fridge ranges from LG may be going a little too far, even if they do exhibit some pretty cool tech.

During CES, the company said that many of their new home appliances would feature “advanced Wi-Fi connectivity” and that’s great for the smart home, but do we really need a smarter fridge? The Smart Instaview Refridgerator comes powered by webOS, with built-in Amazon Alexa, a 29-inch 1080P touchscreen, built-in cameras and a smart tagging feature, to name but a few features; oh and it also keeps food cold.

“In addition to the services provided by Amazon, the LG Smart InstaView refrigerator offers a variety of other convenience-enhancing features. The Smart Tag menu allows users to add stickers and tags on the screen to indicate which foods are stored as well as the ability to input the expiration date of each item, so the refrigerator can issue reminders when foods near expiration. Family members can set up memos for each other and create to-do lists that display on the screen. To check inside the refrigerator remotely, a 2.0 megapixel panoramic super-wide-lens camera captures images of the interior from a variety of different angles which are accessible via smartphone, a must-have feature for anyone who would like to see what’s at home while grocery shopping.”

Having Alexa in the kitchen is cool, but given the Echo Dot is only £50, often £40 on regular sales, it’s hardly something we can get elsewhere for less. The touchscreen sounds great, but how often do you need to check Amazon or Facebook while standing in front of your fridge? Given pretty much anyone who wants to be that connected will have a phone in their pocket. The HD screen on the fridge can be double tapped, making it go transparent and giving you a view of the fridge interior, which sounds way more expensive than opening the door to take a look. If opening the door, or going and tapping on the screen is too much trouble, built-in cameras allow you to check your fridge remotely, so you can see how much milk you have without having to get off the couch.

Is the tech in this fridge awesome? Absolutely, but will it really improve your quality of life at all? Probably not that much, and it’ll likely ruin your bank balance too, should LG ever reveal the price.

Do you want a smart fridge, or are you happy with ones that simply keep food cold when you close the door?

Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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