The Consumer Electronics Show has officially begun in Las Vegas. While companies like Samsung and LG have already made a few announcements, both brands are also ready to showcase their Smart AI Refrigerators at the show. The Samsung Family Hub Smart Fridge was originally announced in 2016, but is now on display as a functioning unit. LG, on the other hand, is gearing up to launch its InstaView Smart Fridge range that features two models with a 22-inch transparent display panel. The Consumer Electronics Show will go on until January 10th.
Samsung Family Hub Smart Fridge: specifications and features
Samsung’s smart fridge which was announced back in 2016 has received some major upgrades, including AKG speakers, Bixby support, View Inside cameras and SmartThings integration. The AI Image Recognition is facilitated by View Inside cameras as they also help in identifying the food inside the refrigerator. The transparent display further helps by letting a user peep inside without having to open the door. The touchscreen panel can also be used as a bulletin board, for video playback and to mirror the content of Samsung smartphones and TVs.
All Samsung IoT home devices can be connected together via the Family Hub app and using input from the refrigerator, this app can assist the consumer in buying groceries. This suggests that the refrigerator can alert the user while they’re out shopping about a grocery that needs restocking.
Furthermore, the appliance also plays host to a meal planning software called Whisk. This software can determine available ingredients and recommend numerous dishes that can be made with them.
LG InstaView Smart Fridge: specifications and features
LG has launched two models of refrigerators with a transparent 22-inch display that lets consumers peep inside without opening the door. These are called InstaView ThinQ and InstaView with Craft Ice. The latter is capable of making spherical ice balls which measure up to two-inches in size. These models also depend on AI technology and cameras positioned inside. The appliance helps in managing food items and alerts the user when restocking is required. The 22-inch display can be used to browse the internet and stream videos online with Wi-Fi connectivity, so using a smartphone alongside is not necessary. The ThinQ AI smart customer service is also available with the appliance. While the InstaView with Craft Ice model is already selling in the USA, it is expected to arrive soon globally.