LG ThinQ Smart Refrigerator

Something you can expect to read quite a lot of within the Smarter Living section of the British Gas website over the coming months will be articles relating to Smart Home innovations and technologies.

Indeed, we’re very much in the midst of a Smart Home revolution as our living spaces become increasingly connected.

One such innovation that was recently unveiled at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is the LG ThinQ Smart refrigerator, an intelligent fridge that is able to tell us what to eat and when to eat it.

Using a barcode scanner, the fridge scans items as they’re added to it, tracks expiration dates and recommends recipes based on the food available.

It also has an internal camera that users can access from a web-connected smartphone to see exactly what they have left inside.

The fridge also comes with an in-built dietician that can be programmed to keep an eye on what we’re eating, suggesting healthy eating options and recipes. But do bear in mind, if you decide to opt for the unhealthy option, it will let you know!

All of the decision the fridge makes is based on a user’s personal data, including Body Mass Index (BMI) and weight loss targets, which are both programmed into the fridge. It then uses in-built smart TV and voice recognition technology to ascertain who is opening the fridge.

And if you do opt to use one of the recipes it recommends, it can also switch on a compatible oven at the correct temperature in preparation.

Sound impressive? Well we certainly think so, and LG’s plan is to eventually link the smart fridge with an online food shopping service, such as Ocado, so that it can automatically restock itself when certain supplies run low.

All of the information the smart fridge provides will be accessible via your smartphone or tablet PC, allowing you to stay in total control of your food management.

The LG ThinQ smart refrigerator represents an increasing trend towards connected devices where everything is online and appliances work in unison to serve the best possible outcome.

If you think that the ThinQ could be a worthwhile investment, then the good news is that you won’t have to wait long. It’s set to be on sale in the UK later this year and looks set to retail at around £2,000.

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