Smart Fridges by LG, Samsung and Sharp
3 Main Markets for Smart Fridges - LG Instaview, Samsung Family Hub and Sharp 4LifeHub
Smart Appliances are definitely going to be an integral part of our lives at some point in the future. Smart TVs
are now virtually dominating the market, smart phones are the same, but what about other smart appliances,
what about smart fridges?
Up-to now the market hasn’t heard much from manufactures on smart fridges, but it seems that is starting to
turn. LG, Samsung and Sharp have all announced smart fridges to be a part of their offering at the IFA
trade show in Berlin. The fridges are estimated to be available from late 2016 or early 2017 in Europe, no word yet when we will see them in Australia.
So what’s the big deal? Why are manufactures spending big dollars developing smart fridges? In reality most
people look at them now and laugh, why would I spend $6,000 dollars on a fancy fridge? And to be honest you
have a point, I wouldn’t unless I had lots of spare cash. But we need to think bigger. I remember when my
older brother paid $950 for the first phone with a colour camera, it was a Nokia and my parents thought he
was crazy, “why would you want a camera on your phone, that’s stupid”, it was the same with smart phones,
my parents along with many others often questioned why we would need facebook on our phones, now they
use facebook more than me. My point here is that technology has a way to sneak itself into our lives. 20 years
ago a smart phone with today’s capabilities would have been considered useless and invasive, possibly even
alien, now most people go crazy if their battery hits 10%.
Back to Smart Fridges, they will slowly integrate into our lives. Think about it, the Kitchen is already
considered the centre of your home, most are connected to living rooms and we spend countless hours
cooking, cleaning, dining and more in our kitchens. So it only seems natural that if there was larger appliance
to become smart it would be the Fridge. LG, Samsung and Sharp are already taking about having their Smart
Fridge integrate with other appliances to control and monitor them, to become the control centre of your
home, they are all equipped with Wi-Fi, large screens and offer various apps.
The main 3 the market is talking about is the LG Instaview, Samsung Family Hub and Sharp 4LifeHub.
LG Smart Instaview Door-in-Door Refrigerator
The LG Smart Instaview is LGs latest Smart fridge with a huge screen build in that with a double knock will
turn transparent to show you what’s inside. It runs the full windows 10 platform which Is great as it will allow
you to connect to the internet, watch videos, play music and even give you windows digital assistant Cortana.
Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator
The Samsung Family Hub Fridge is Samsung’s way of betting that the Kitchen will be the Hub of the home.
Similar to the LG it features a huge display with Wi-Fi connectivity that lets you manage your groceries,
connect to other devices, play music, watch TV and leave notes. It also has several inbuilt cameras that can
connect to your phone so you always know what you have and done have.
4LifeHub smart refrigerator
Sharp is the latest of the 3 Smart Fridges to get media exposure and hence we know the least about it.
However it does include a display screen and Wi-Fi, which is basically the requirement to call it a Smart Fridge.
From what we know Sharp are also betting that the kitchen and fridge will be the control centre of the home
stating that their smart fridge will be able to connect and control other devices in the home such as the
dishwasher, oven or washing machine.
None of these smart fridges are available to Australia yet, and they certainly won’t be discount fridges
however it seems they are slowly moving into the European and US markets in late 2016 and early 2017. It
will only be a matter of time before they become the standard fridge in the market.