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Internet Refrigerator
from LG Electronics
by Rick Smith (January 31, 2001)


 

While many new refrigerator/freezers have water and ice cubes “in the door” (so does this one) the Internet Digital DIOS from LG Electronics has much more. Way more. It features a complete Internet “WebPad” in the door that also:

  • features a high quality 15.1 TFT-LCD with electronic pen

  • captures and records still digital images with its built-in digital camera.

  • is capable of Internet shopping, videophone calls and e-mailing

  • doubles as a TV

  • can be used to get more information on cooking off the Web and to access new recipes.

  • has its own LAN port for Internet connectivity

  • can take voice messages

    While these technological features are truly state of the art -- this refrigerator/freezer has over 75 technology patents -- it also has several high tech “refrigeration features” as well. The most compelling is its noise output, or really its lack of sound output -- this refrigerator is VERY quiet. This 23 dB output is accomplished using “the industry's first application of the inverter function to the two-door refrigerator”. It also consumes about half the energy of a typical refrigerator.

    While quite unique to the US marketplace, the DIOS was first shown off at a trade show in Dubai last year. Why Dubai? Well, Dubai is in a desert where refrigeration might be a desirable thing and this oil-rich area also happens to be very affluent. No doubt, LGE needs to find buyers with as much affluence and desire as it can, since this "i-icebox" sells for a mere ten thousand dollars.


    Copyright © 2006 Rick Smith All rights reserved.

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