Tweeting From Your Refrigerator? There’s an App For That.

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Tweeting From Your Refrigerator? There’s an App For That.
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How does a WiFi connected home appliance sound? One that would, theoretically, allow you tweet updates of your frequent trips to the fridge through the use of a computer touchscreen? Is so, Samsung has just application-powered refrigerator with your name on it.

And no, this is not a joke, either. What we have is Samsung’s WiFi-enabled, embedded touchscreen-powered refrigerator, and as you can see from the lead image, the appliance features an touchscreen preloaded with various apps, including ones for Twitter and Weatherbug. If you’d like to show off your Picasa library while fetching a refreshing beverage for your guest, you can do that too, provided the guest follows you to the fridge.

In fact, there are two refrigerator models featuring the app-loaded touchscreen. The apps, according to the specifications PDF, are as follows:

– Memo
– Epicurious Recipes
– Picasa Photos
– WeatherBug
– Calendar
– AP News
– Pandora
– Twitter

Here’s a closer look at Samsung’s touchscreen:

Samsung Refrigerator

Because the computing device is WiFi-enabled, it avoids the necessity of needing to be plugged into to a router or other hardwired connection. Samsung’s product description shows their intention behind the design:

Check the morning weather, browse the web for recipes, explore your social networks or leave notes for your family—all from the refrigerator door.

Is such a feature even necessary? Are people even at their refrigerators long enough to “miss” their electronic connection to the outside world, increasing the demand for such a feature? Do people not carry their smartphones when going to the fridge for some delicious pizza? Apparently, I’m missing the spirit of such an innovation.

If you’d like yet another connected device in your home, this time, in the form of a kitchen appliance, you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny to get it. The cheapest model refrigerator (30 cubic feet, side-by-side doors) goes for $2699, while the four-door model goes for $3499. That’s a hefty price to pay for yet another connected device, especially when all smartphones and tablet computers can do accomplish the same tasks, as well as many others, for a fraction of a price.

But then again, you wouldn’t be able to say you have an app-powered refrigerator, which is probably the reason most people would purchase such an appliance to begin with.

H/t to Uncrate for pointing this out.

Tweeting From Your Refrigerator? There’s an App For That.
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  • http://AutomateLife.TV Mike Lallemont

    This is unnecessary since you can buy a cheap magnetic holder for attaching your iPad to the fridge. What they really need is a RFID receiver and convenient scanner that communicates via Wi-Fi to your iOS device that has a custom Samsung app installed on it. That way, you could easily see what is inside your fridge and correlate recipes based on content. You could create shopping lists based on usage and reminders when things are about to expire, etc. The functions of the fridge could be controlled via the app as well. Consider a drawer that keeps things frozen until a certain date or time then defrosts it automatically, then notifies you when it’s ready. All fridge functions could be controlled remotely from anywhere you have a connection. The fridge could go into energy saving mode all day until it’s time to come home from work. There are so many possibilities.

    • Thomas DiStefano

      This fridge is a step in the right direction, but not quite there yet. Mike’s right. It should allow you to control the fridges functions remotely and know what’s in the fridge (or at least let you scan your empties and add them to a shopping list). Since fridges should last longer than tablets, it needs to be upgradable, or better yet, just have a dock that charges and lets you hang any device on your fridge door (you currently have to remove your ipad to charge it once in a while). Similar remote control of your coffee maker, and dishwasher would be good too. If my fridge could email me when it’s too hot instead of waiting for me to wonder why my milk is chunky…that’d be good. If the unit doesn’t talk to the fridge itself, then it’s not much use.

  • http://www.PlacesToEatOkay.com Steven

    I think the social networking aspect of it is worthless, but an app for your fridge would be welcome.

  • http://www.appliancesconnection.com Dessy anaiwan

    Awesome !! For the women who are doing their job as a Housewife, can be aware of the technologies running in the current market. They need not have to spent extra time for using twitter, news. etc., it can be embedded in the work going on. It’s amazing app specially for the women…!!

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