Refrigerators have come a long ways since their inception back in the early-to-mid 1800s. Some of the earliest examples of working refrigerators contained nothing more than an insulated box with a vapor-compression system used to flush cool air inside. Today, refrigerators are loaded with numerous utility and convenience features, adding another level of complexity to these devices.
Most consumers are fully aware of built-in refrigerator features like ice makers, water filters/dispensers and pull-out cabinets for products, but there are other high-tech features now being offered in refrigerators.
LCD Touchscreen With Built-In WiFi
Refrigerators such as the Samsung Four-Door Refrigerator with Apps RF4289 feature built-in LCD touchscreen with WiFi capabilities. So, what’s the purpose of an LCD touchscreen on a refrigerator? Among other things, it can display notes to family members. Rather than wasting a sheet of paper to leave your child a note, for instance, you can create and display it on the refrigerator’s LCD screen.
WiFi is a convenient feature that allows you to catch up on news, current events, and social media postings straight from your kitchen. You simply connect your refrigerator to your home’s WiFi for instant Internet access via the built-in LCD touchscreen.
“The fridge, because it’s the hub of the family and the kitchen, is now another access point without having to drag around your tablet or have your phone with you in the vicinity of where you’re cooking or entertaining,” said Warner Doell of Samsung Canada.
No, we’re not kidding. There are now refrigerators available that feature the ability to connect with baby monitors. Lets say you have a newborn snoozing away in the nursery room while you’re trying to prepare dinner in the kitchen. With this feature, you can connect your refrigerator to the baby monitor, allowing you to hear – and even see – what’s going on in your baby’s nursery straight from your refrigerator.
Of course, you don’t have to search very hard to find a refrigerator with a built-in television. Starting at just 8” in size, there are dozens of units with TVs mounted into the side door panel. When you’re enjoying breakfast in the morning, you can watch the news straight on your refrigerator.
There are some disadvantages to choosing a refrigerator with a built-in television, such as the increased cost of repairs in the event of hardware failure. Another drawbacks include the increased price, weight and technical leaving curve.