Hands-on with LG’s Android-powered smart fridge (video)

Daniel Bader

January 7, 2013 4:59pm

It’s not the groundbreaking technology we were hoping to see from LG at CES — no new phones were announced, unfortunately — but the company did show off a line of smart appliances that look to be running Android. While executives would not confirm that the devices — in this case, a refrigerator — do indeed run Android, it’s clear from the dialogue boxes and app icons that it is using a slightly skinned version of Google’s OS.

Along with an app called Food Manager, which monitors what’s in your fridge and how long it has been there, you can use the contents to devise recipes and share shopping lists with your smartphone using an LG-developed app.

There is are Memo, Google Calendar, Photo Album, Weather apps and more, confirming that the software is powered by Android.

All this to say that LG may have had a comparatively disappointing press conference for mobile fans, but anyone looking to get him- or herself a new Android-powered washing machine or stove, LG has you covered.

  • get a clue

    It’d be funny seeing an Android powered fridge getting malware and viruses. Can’t help but think …the food indeed is rotten.

    • Ron Mexico

      It would only be rotten if it had an Apple logo on it.

    • 2see

      RIP Android 🙂

  • tardis

    Next!…nothing here to see….yet
    This is way far ahead of its time it is a fail in today’s market. I can see this taking off in a world where we have embedded chips in our produce where the fridge can keep track and alert you when supplies run low, or when things start to spoil. But without any supporting tech to give this fridge any usefulness, I don’t see it taking off any time soon.

  • Sean

    This may actually become useful if it came with a magnetic stylus and the ability to send the grocery lists to other smart phones. Seems kinda pointless if it doesn’t have those features.
    All I can think of is seeing my friends playing Angry Birds on my fridge.

  • Google wants to track our eating habits now?

  • oldschool

    This is about as necessary as that old LG fridge that kept an inventory on the screen of what you had in your fridge. I pity the fool who’s too lazy to open the damn door and take a look instead.

  • some guy

    We just use this new-fangled thing called a whiteboard with a dry erase marker on the fridge.

    Well if it means regular fridges drop in price, all the better for me! 🙂

  • Food Eater

    I’ll be excited when it can determine whats in the fridge and what you usually get and create a shopping list based on that. Have to enter everything you put in and take out of the fridge? No thanks.

  • squirrel_masher

    Very cool…but does it screw up when the kids put a magnet on it?