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CES 2012: "Smart" LG fridge suggests what to cook based on what's inside it

Consumer Reports News: January 10, 2012 05:53 PM

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With each passing press conference, our inexorable path toward robot domination becomes ever more clear. LG has announced a series of smart appliances that will be "controlled" by your Smart Phone and can do things like monitor both their electrical consumption and your food consumption. They can even suggest recipes based on what is in the fridge. This will, of course, lead them to conclude that they are the more efficient lifeforms. So caveat emptor.

But, wait, there's more: The new LG smart washers can let your TV know when they are done washing your soiled clothing, alerting you that you are needed in the laundry room. Keep in mind that this is probably how they will lure to your eventual death once they become self-aware. We recommend against buying any "Smart Chainsaws," should they become available.

"We first previewed our smart appliances at CES a year ago, and the line-up has evolved considerably since then," said Moon-bum Shin, Executive Vice President and CEO of LG Electronics Home Appliance Company.

"LG has not only upgraded individual technologies for each product, but has also greatly enhanced connectivity throughout the home. By creating new possibilities for chore management, such as allowing consumers to monitor washing machines through their TVs or smartphones, LG is enabling homeowners to rethink the concept of household chores."

LG also announced that users will be able to update the software of these smart appliances in order to keep them up-to-date (and providing a needed fail-safe in the event the stove starts learning at an exponential rate). The smart appliances are "Smart Grid" ready, and can be optimized to use energy at off-peak times, once your utility company provides that option.

So why risk the extinction of the human race for some better appliances? Well, one of the fridges comes with a blast chiller that can cool a beer can down in 5 minutes. That honestly seems worth it to me.

LG to Unveil Next-Generation Smart Appliances at CES, Aims to Redefine Housework [LG]

Meg Marco

   

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