A Futuristic Fridge? Samsung Delivers
Have you ever looked at your refrigerator and thought, “Wow, my fridge is really lacking in the latest technological advances and could really use an upgrade?” Likely not, but Samsung’s putting out a fridge so fancy you may reconsider that line of thought and decide you can’t live without the brand new Family Hub fridge.
So what does a futuristic fridge feature? A better question would be, what does the appliance NOT feature, because it has everything and more. This new “super fridge” offers not just a cold place to keep your milk and butter, but it also has the ability to take pictures of the contents and text them to you while you’re at the store so you know what to stock up on. Yes, your fridge can text you, and snap shots of what’s inside. Crazy, right? At least you’ll never forget you needed milk again.
Not only is the new fridge super friendly, keeping you up to date with what you need to purchase, but it also features a touchscreen on the front of the appliance that works in conjunction with your Samsung TV to let you see apps, a calendar, a digital voice assistant, and essentially, stream everything you can stream through your Smart TV.
While you’re away from home, you can even use an app on your phone to control the fridge’s temperature and make sure your kids didn’t leave the door open. How much will it set you back for this jam-packed fridge? A mere $5,000. No, not everyone can afford that type of luxury, especially in this economy, but Samsung hopes that it’s getting ahead of the curve-the brand predicts that the future of appliances and home essentials is a tech-heavy one, and they are getting there early.
The new fridge is shown for the first time at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and the reception has been mixed. Of course, the fridge is impressive, but is it really necessary? Especially for the cost? Only time will tell, but the brand is banking on tech-savvy consumers outfitting their state of the art kitchens with trendy, techie appliances.
Experts don’t think consumers will be lured in by the Family Hub fridge. Previous “smart” appliances just haven’t gone over too well, despite the public’s fascination with technology-when it comes right down to it, these items are just not overly practical, which makes them not as useful. Though it’s cool to listen to Pandora through your fridge and make a shopping list, the super fridge may be just a tad on the ambitious side.
Samsung’s long term goal is to not only increase the features of their fridges, but also produce even more smart appliances for the home over time. The brand aims to help consumers shop smartly by ensuring they always know what’s in their fridge, when it expired, and what each item’s ingredients are.
Is the smart fridge a good idea or a bit of overkill? Would you purchase one?