Samsung’s CES shows usually talk more about its stunning new TVs, but this year a more traditional home appliance stole the show: a fridge. Not just any fridge, mind you: the Family Hub Refrigerator actually packs a 21.5-inch Full HD touch display on one door!
The idea behind it is simple. Like a TV, the fridge is a home appliance that every family member uses, and spends quite some time in front of. The fridge doors are also home to various family-related paraphernalia such as magnets from trips overseas, to more mundane stuff like to-do and errands lists.
Why not show them digitally?
The Family Hub Refrigerator can not only display family photos and to-do lists, there are several other features that make this a really cool fridge (heh). For starters, the left door contains three built-in cameras that let you see what’s inside the fridge without opening it. These cameras also serve to take a photo of the contents in the fridge, and then letting you label how many days since you bought them.
Besides that, you can actually mirror what’s playing on a Samsung TV right on the fridge’s display. It can also stream music from your phone, too. Interestingly, you can actually give voice commands to the fridge, though we weren’t able to test it out.
Perhaps the most underrated feature is called Morning Brief. This panel is a one-stop centre for everything you need to know before you head off to work: everything from traffic information, the day’s agenda, and even the weather are all prominently displayed in one screen, before you grab your breakfast and leave.
You can see the logic behind such a product. The Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator is actually a very practical addition to a modern home, but as is the case with every new IoT product, this fridge may be priced out of the range of many consumers.
It does leave us excited to know that we may actually be able to afford this fridge in half a decade or so.