I always forget to buy stuff in the fridge and that’s the only place I always visit every night when my stomach has issues with me. Now, things will be a little different for those who forget to buy milk or drinks. Samsung unveiled a Family Hub Refrigerator…for this article I will call it Samsung super fridge. The super fridge communicates with home users. The flashy appliance is on fleek – packed with a 21.5-inch touchscreen built into the front door. You can mirror the video feed from your Samsung smart TV to the display as well as access certain apps, like playing music from streaming service Pandora.
Samsung super fridge was unveiled on Tuesday at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Technically, the fridge has better features than most smartphones. The fridge comes with three cameras hidden inside to take photos of all the foodstuffs on its shelves. Samsung’s super-fridge allows users to sync their schedule to a family calendar with the Sticki app or one day asking Amazon’s Alexa digital voice assistant to do things like set a kitchen timer.
“The role of the kitchen has evolved quite a bit from when the first generation of refrigerator was introduced,” becoming more of the home’s center instead of just a place to store food, Yoon C. Lee, vice president of insight concept and portfolio for Samsung’s digital appliances business, said. “We’re excited and anxious and nervous about…what path this will go down.
Samsung is taking technology to the next level by embracing Internet of Things in most equipment like home appliances and smartphones. Currently, tech companies are competing in new tech and moving with the waves in the industry. A research revealed that the number of IoT connected devices will number 38.5 billion in 2020, up from 13.4 billion in 2015: a rise of over 285%. The huge percentage will either be a demerit or a merit to human life.
Samsung is trying to takeover the tech market with new inventions but the market is still rigid. The company has so far introduced many smart gadgets which never see the light because people are used to the traditional switch on and off technology. “Smart refrigerators, like most smart home gadgets, often sound better in theory than they work in reality,” said Jan Dawson, an analyst with Jackdaw Research.
Ideally, a fridge can’t force you to buy drinks and milk everyday. “There is an inevitable human desire to know what the hell is in my refrigerator, how long has it been there, and what can I do with those ingredients?” Lee said. “We’re just trying to give solutions to those three questions.”