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Smart fridge suggests recipes based on what's inside

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 01:31

May 12 - The era of ''smart'' household appliances has reached a new milestone with the introduction of a fridge that monitors the freshness of food and even suggests recipes based on what it knows is inside. Rob Muir reports.

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It's a fridge for the 21st century. South Korea's LG Electronics calls it a smart fridge and for good reason. Not only does it store and preserve food, it can be programmed to keep an inventory and record expiry dates. So when your tofu is appoaching the end of its edible life, LG's Boram Paik says the smart fridge will send a message to your smart phone. SOUNDBITE: BORAM PAIK - LG ELECTRONICS' BRAND COMMUNICATION TEAM SAYING: "During grocery shopping, customers can see the list of food kept in the fridge through a smartphone or personal tablet PC connected to a Wi-Fi network, so it can prevent purchasing unnecessary groceries." The fridge will also provide a list of recipes based on what it knows is inside. And any problems that may arise can be addressed and diagnosed by the machine's "Smart Diagnosis System". SOUNDBITE: BORAM PAIK - LG ELECTRONICS' BRAND COMMUNICATION TEAM SAYING: "Through the Smart Diagnosis application, a customer can send one of the hundreds of sounds to a call centre. Then the centre receives the sound, interprets it via a machine and informs the customer what the problem is." The appliance will cost more than $3000 when it's released to the market later this year. It's not cheap but, it is smarter than your average fridge. Rob Muir, Reuters

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Smart fridge suggests recipes based on what's inside

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 01:31