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Samsung’s T9000 fridge with 10-inch touchscreen and Evernote
Samsung's T9000 four-door refrigerator previewed at CES 2013. The product is slated for a late spring launch
Despite being around for a few years now, fridges with internet connectivity and LCD touchscreens haven't really taken off with consumers. Samsung isn't giving up, though, previewing its 32 cubic-feet (906-liter), four-door T9000 model at CES 2013 that boasts a 10-inch LCD touchscreen option.
The T9000's two main features are its humidity removal system and optional LCD display that connects to a home network via Wi-Fi. As to the former, the fridge features a Triple Cooling system to make sure humidity levels in the fresh food compartments are low, helping keep produce fresh for longer. This is done with two compressors, three evaporators and an array of sensors.
Once the food is nicely preserved, there’s the question of what to do with it. Here’s where the LCD option can help. Despite running Android, users can't install their own apps, but a variety come preloaded, including Epicurious, weather, AP news and a read-only twitter client. The fridge also features Google calendar integration and comes with Evernote, which allows users to share photos, videos and recipes.
On a more traditional note, the T9000 is quite spacious. It has a 19.4 cubic-feet (539-liter) capacity French Door refrigerator compartment on top, with a 6.1 cubic-feet (173-liter) compartment on the lower right complemented by a freezer of the same size on the left. The lower right compartment can be used as a fridge as well, which could be useful for kid-friendly foods or for those on a special diet who would like to keep their food in a separate section.
The T9000 is expected to be available in the late 2013 northern spring for an estimated US$3,999. The LCD option does not have a price or release date yet.
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Brazilian-Italian Antonio Pasolini graduated in journalism in Brazil before heading out to London for an MA in film and television studies. He fell in love with the city and spent 13 years there as a film reviewer before settling back in Brazil. Antonio's passion for green issues - and the outdoors - eventually got the best of him and since 2007 he's been writing about alternative energy, sustainability and new technology.
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Nobody watches TV on their fridge. It has to have a non-invasive utilitarian function to be accepted. Yeah weather forecast can be nice, but that's what your phone is for.
I would have liked a 40" back lit e-ink display that displays the newspaper headlines, or display to do lists.
A bar-code reader and a simple keypad (touch screen or otherwise could also let the user enter product info and use-by dates, so items in the fridge can be identified when they are about to go off.
If the fridge knew what you had you could ask it what possible recipes can be made for items in the fridge, The fridge could also advise what you might be missing.
Simple things like this would bring a bit of life into an otherwise dull device.
I agree with 'Gene Jordan'. Also folks does anyone remember "Refrigadorator magnets"?
Oh brother. Classic example of a technology looking for a solution.
Considering that I can buy a 10 inch Android 4.0 Touch Screen Tablet PC for $130 on ebay and mount it to any refrigerator that I own, plus be able to take it with me or use it elsewhere in the house, the LCD screen on this product is just a lame accessory.
Plus, the LCD, two compressors, three evaporators and an array of sensors would be a large power drain on the electric bill. I'd rather pass on using a locked down version of Android software anyway.
I don't see anything against having a touch screen computer in the kitchen for TV, Internet Radio, recipes, or even grocery shopping but I'm not convinced there is any good reason to integrate it with the fridge.
Agree, until the whole door face becomes a touch screen, with user controllable preferences, its not likely to warrant the purchase price. Meantime, we'll just stay with the white board and two sided tape...
Like Narida said, give the fridge the ability to scan the food put in it and in the cabinets/pantry. Add a time stamp for freshness monitoring. Offer recipes for meals that can be made with ingredients you have on hand. Keep up with the list for when it's time to go shopping again you know what you are short on. (Or maybe allow a phone to stand in for this purpose that can then display the info on the fridge or kitchen TV)
According to Samsung's Press Release, Samsung T9000 Four-Door Refrigerator (Model: RF32FSQDBSR) should have been available in late Spring 2013, but it has not been released yet and there is no further news on it. [ see the Press Release here: http://www.samsung.com/us/news/newsRead.do?news_seq=20346 ]
I called Samsung many times to find out about the release date for this refrigerator, but no one at Samsung knows anything about it or if they do, then they are being secretive about it.
A bogus Press Release, Videos on YouTube, and all of these articles and marketing information are useless to the public until the product becomes available on the market. At the present time, this product does not exist, and it's a virtual product.
Late Spring 2013 has passed already, and Samsung has not provided any news updates about it. I call this deceptive and dishonest marketing - raising expectations in the public and then failing to deliver and/or provide further information on it.
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