Green Technology
LG Smart Fridge Knows Your Grocery List
Connected refrigerator can also track freshness, send alerts and recommend recipes.
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January 10, 2012 by Steven Castle

LG is once again showing its smart appliances at the Consumer Electronics Show, but is touting personally connected smarts—with users in your household and other devices.

With a wireless Internet connection, LG’s smart refrigerators and smart washing machines can now connected to Smart TVs and smartphones, enabling convenient monitoring of the operational status of the two appliances. “You can access and manage an appliance in more ways than ever before,” says Ellis Mass, Brand Director of Home Appliances of LG Electronics USA.

Using LG’s Smart ThinQ technology, its flagship smart French-door refrigerator has a Smart Manager that allows consumers to use the refrigerator’s LCD panel or their smartphones to check the food items stored inside, as well as their location and expiration date. With the Smart Manager’s Freshness Tracker, users can also enter various food items, such as eggs, milk and vegetables, and check their suggested expiration dates.

Grocery receipts can be scanned using smartphones, so the refrigerator can download the food item list. Barcodes can also be scanned with smartphones to input food items.

With a Health Manager, each user can have a profile, and the fridge knows a person’s dietary restrictions. The refrigerator recommends dishes that can be cooked using the ingredients available in the refrigerator, and suggested recipes can be sent to an LG smart oven to engage the proper settings.

Consumers can use the refrigerator’s LCD panel or their smartphones to check the food items stored inside, as well as their location and expiration date. Using the Smart Manager’s Freshness Tracker, users can also enter various food items, such as eggs, milk and vegetables, and check their suggested expiration dates. Additionally, the refrigerator can recommend dishes that can be cooked using the ingredients available in the refrigerator.

Other smart appliances include the range and a washing machine, both of which can self-diagnoses their problems via Wi-Fi connections.

LG also showed its concept Home Energy Management Systems (HeMS) that helps manage smart appliances, lighting and HVAC in a more power-efficient manner. Through a smart meter, HeMS collects energy usage data throughout a home, and consumers can monitor the electricity usage of each smart appliance by the hour, day, month or year.

All very cool, but there’s no word on when we’ll see these products in North America.

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Steven Castle - Contributing Writer
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates.

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