The fridge has always been such a plain, functional object – whether it’s a basic under-counter chiller or an overblown American side-by-side, apart from pulling the occasion trick of pumping out ice cubes or keeping a lettuce crisper for longer than deemed humanly natural, the bottom line with the fridge is that it just keeps stuff cold. And for a long time most people have been happy with an appliance that does nothing more that realise its raison d’être; until now.
This is the T9000 – not the latest relentless robotic killer from Cyberdyne Systems, but an Android powered ice-box from Samsung, designed to revolutionise the world of food management using apps. Featuring a 10-inch tablet in the door, the ‘smart fridge’ can be used to access recipes, manage expiration dates of the food inside and create shopping lists which, we presume, will eventually work in conjunction with supermarket sites to make the weekly shop a simple matter of checking and submitting a list over the magic of the internet.
Add to this Evernote and countless calendar apps, plus the likes of the news, weather, YouTube and iPlayer and suddenly your kitchen is the cornerstone of your domestic domain.
“The fridge, because it’s the hub of the family and the kitchen, is now another access point without having to drag around your tablet or have your phone with you in the vicinity of where you’re cooking or entertaining,” said Warner Doell, a VP in the home appliance division at Samsung Canada.
Available worldwide this spring for a suggested retail price of US $3999, is the world ready for Android ice-makers, or does the idea leave you cold? Your esteemed thoughts below, please!