CES 2011: When Refrigerators Tweet and Washing Machines Text [Video]

Samsung’s internet-enabled refrigerator, which is expected to go on sale in May for about $3,500, features a touchscreen interface to download recipes from Epicurious and to make posts on Twitter.

We’ve already seen some ‘smart’ products from 2011 CES in the last few days but one of the most intriguing is the subject of this article. Have you ever longed to be able to tweet from your refrigerator? No, nor me… but that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do with this refrigerator from Samsung.

The Samsung RF4289 Internet-connected refrigerator features a touchscreen located above the ice dispenser. Designed to bring the highest convenience and convention to its users, the refrigerator comes with the capability to download recipes from Epicurious and to make posts on Twitter. Check the video above.

It also allows its users to keep up with the news as well as create task lists and shopping lists. In addition to the touchscreen, the refrigerator comes equipped with two speakers and a photo-card reader, which allows users to stream music from the Internet and load digital photos. Like Samsung’s televisions, the refrigerator also can run a wide variety of apps.

John D. Sutter over on CNN also reports on the Samsung internet-connect refrigerator and tells us it will be coming in May at a price of around $3,500. The article also looks at other appliances that are internet-enabled.

James Politeski, Samsung’s senior vice president for home appliances, said these apps are “location specific,” meaning they’re designed to be useful to people who are in the kitchen and looking at the refrigerator.

Samsung doesn’t offer video apps on the fridge because that would make no sense, he said. “Are you going to watch YouTube on your refrigerator? That’s what the TV is for,” he said. Others aim to do more than bring internet features to touchscreens on appliances.

However, Samsung is not the only company to create a smart refrigerator. LG is also a contender with its refrigerator, which is capable of telling users what foods they have in stock and when they are due to expire based on information entered by the user. The company also brings to the table an oven that can text its users when a dish is ready, among other appliances that communicate with their owners.

Patrick Steinkuhl, LG’s product insight manager, described the system like this: “Imagine an oven that’s so smart that on the day of the big game it’s able to send you a text and say, ‘Hey, your roast is about done. You’d better get in the kitchen.’ “

We’d like to know what you think about these appliances and would you really use Twitter via your fridge? Maybe you think many of the capabilities of the RF4289 would never be used? [Samsung via Mashable, PC Mag and CNN]

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