LG has introduced a new type of refrigerator, called Smart InstaView that’s embedded with an array of interesting features provided by Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service and powered by LG’s own webOS smart platform.
LG’s new Door-in-Door refrigerator features a 29-inch touch LCD display with InstaView feature, that instantly turns transparent with just two knocks of the screen to allow users to look inside the refrigerator without opening the door. The refrigerator comes with LG’s webOS, allowing users to explore a host of WiFi-enabled features directly on the refrigerator, creating a streamlined and powerful food management system all housed directly on the front of the fridge door.
With Amazon’s Alexa Voice Service integrated, users can access an intelligent personal assistant that, in addition to searching recipes, can play music, place Prime-eligible orders from Amazon.com including groceries, add items to a shopping list and more. With over 6,000 skills available, Alexa can also control one’s smart home, request car service, set kitchen timers and check the weather – all hands-free by just using voice commands. With Alexa, daily tasks in the kitchen – such as cooking or planning for the day – turn into a dynamic, entertaining experience.
The LG Smart InstaView refrigerator also offers a variety of other convenience-enhancing features. The Smart Tag menu allows users to add stickers and tags on the screen to indicate which foods are stored as well as the ability to input the expiration date of each item, so the refrigerator can issue reminders when foods near expiration date.
Family members can also set up memos for each other and create to-do lists that display on the screen. To check inside the refrigerator remotely, a 2.0 megapixel panoramic super-wide-lens camera captures images of the interior from a variety of different angles which are accessible via smartphone, a must-have feature for anyone who would like to see what’s at home while grocery shopping.
LG didn’t share the price of its new Smart InstaView refrigerator, but the smart home appliance is expected to go sale in the coming weeks.