What should a modern refrigerator do? Language assistants and app-controlled household helpers are part of everyday life in many areas of life. Now the smart home is also conquering the kitchen. Whether connected dishwashers, intelligent fully automatic coffeemakers or thinking ovens – more and more kitchen appliances can be made smarter by connecting to the network.
The development is particularly fascinating for refrigerators: Where an ice dispenser was already a highlight at the time, apps, touchscreens and cameras now make the refrigerator a “Smart Fridge”. Find out what the refrigerator of the future can do today and how it will make your life easier.
Networked refrigerators with live camera images
Imagine that you are in the supermarket and wonder if you have all the ingredients for a particular recipe in stock. Wouldn’t it be convenient if you could look it up right away? With a smart cooling device such as that currently offered by Bosch, LG and Samsung, this is not a dream of the future. Via a smartphone app, you can access your fridge’s cameras on the go, which provide you with a pin-sharp image from inside. On the live picture, you can see directly whether you have the desired ingredients in stock or still need to buy them. The smart function saves money and valuable time without question, however, whether this will change the future of fridge insurance also, is yet to be seen.
Smart features against food waste
Another feature is said to counter food waste. After all, around eleven million tons of food end up in the trash every year – and the trend is rising. For this reason, smart refrigerators from Samsung & Co. ask you to indicate the best-before date when storing food. If the cheese or milk runs out, the fridge will remind you in time via the app or on the integrated touchscreen. This gives you time to use up the food before it spoils. Intelligent sensor technology should also increase the shelf life of food. For example, if the temperature inside the refrigerator rises or the air humidity increases, the device informs you immediately on the touchscreen and your smartphone. With the app, you have the option to intervene directly and adjust the temperature and humidity. Practical side effect: If you are expecting guests in the evening, you can cool the drinks on the go.
Recipe suggestions matching the contents of the refrigerator
You probably know that: you are standing in front of your fridge and do not know what to cook. The manufacturers of smart fridges also have a solution for these situations. For example, Samsung’s “Family Hub 2.0” refrigerator: The smart household helper scans the contents of the refrigerator and searches for suitable suggestions from a database with 180,000 recipes for which dishes you can process the existing food. This saves you having to flip through cookbooks or search for recipes on the Internet and food that is otherwise unused is also used.
Intelligent refrigerators actively reduce electricity costs
An important issue for smart refrigerators is the lower electricity costs. The devices achieve this by dynamically adapting the temperature inside to the outside temperature. The refrigerator, therefore, has to cool less intensively in winter than on hot summer days. Motion sensors also prevent the refrigerator door from being accidentally left open and electricity being lost. Some models are even able to open and close the door independently.