Samsung Wi-Fi capable Refrigerator at CES 2011

Samsung Wi-Fi Fridge RF4289

We are still sifting though all of our CES 2011 data so we will be posting CES articles throughout the week. While touring the Samsung booth at CES, we came across an interesting piece of hardware which caught our eye. Imagine your refrigerator having the ability to download recipes for you, maintain temperature and allow you to listen to music. Looks like the folks at Samsung imagined the same thing but decided to add some more features to this imagination to create their new prototype refrigerator which they will be releasing this year.

To start off, this fridge can connect to a wireless network and be able to utilize the applications stored inside its memory. The applications include Twitter, Pandora, Epicurious, AP news and so forth.  The user can customize the background as well. A detailed interface is shown with the video extension with this article. In other words, this refrigerator connects with basic networking tools and applications to provide the user with primitive information which might be relevant to most users. The interior is very resourceful and is well designed. It has a modern look to it and is very compact. It consists of an upper cabinet, a middle drawer and a freezer at the bottom. When I said resourceful, I really meant it since it is designed to place all sorts of food items in a nicely discrete manner. However, a few flaws can be seen.

First of all, the applications seem to be limited and specific. This doesn’t allow users to customize and/or add application/s to the interface. Maybe, Samsung might change this prior to release. Another flaw is that it’s generally a refrigerator and most users will not be interested in using it for networking or internet consumption.

Overall, it’s an interesting idea but it might be risky. With a price tag of $3499, this is a good quality product but it might not be suitable for everyone. However, thumbs up to Samsung for trying to integrate internet capabilities with basic home appliances. Check out the video below for a look inside the fridge and a brief demo from Samsung.

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Fahad Ahmad
Born in Nashville, TN but raised in Pakistan. Currently a Mechanical Engineering Student at Purdue University. Gadgets and Technology are my two gods.