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Old 03-05-2014, 04:35 PM
 
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Seems like a cool fridge but I wouldn't use the transparent feature, I don't want to be looking at all kinds of food all day. Suppose it will cost a fortune. I think it's still just a prototype. As much as I love future forward home improvements this seems a bit much with lcd display and recipes pulled from recognizing ingredients in the fridge.


Haier's Fridge of the Future: A Smart, See-through Door - YouTube
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:00 PM
 
Location: NY metro area
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I think it's freakin' cool! Especially from a tech stand point. I'm also not bothered by transparent glass doors on refrigerators.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:40 AM
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Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I can't imagine anything sillier, but some people will buy any kind of high tech gadget.
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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I can certainly see this in upscale homes in our area, especially new construction!
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:14 AM
 
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I don't like these kinds of things, because it's likely that Haier's software will be terrible (kind of like proprietary navigation software in cars). What would be cool is the ability to integrate the features with iOS or Android apps (maybe via wifi or bluetooth).
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Old 03-06-2014, 10:20 AM
 
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Come on! Haier == GARBAGE! Junk, junk, junk! This stuff is embarrassing. If you want a fridge with a glass door get a big expensive Traulsen or SubZero, but also realize that unless you are an obsessive /compulsive "neat freak" - "freshness fiend" you will probably scare your friends when they see stuff rotting away / boxes of leftovers from three years ago!

I agree that this is also a TERRIBLE idea to have the bozos from Haier design an "app" for the front of the unit -- it will suck just as bad as most automaker's goofy "infotainment" and be frustrating as all get out! Anyone that gets bother to use their iPad in the kitchen certainly is not going to find this things some kind of innovation!
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Old 03-06-2014, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Meggett, SC
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All I can think of when I see that is how often I would have to clean the fingerprints off. Ugh. Kind of like my iPad. Love the thing, yeah, but it does get dirty fast and I would hate to be 'advertising' the amount of fingerprints on it in the middle of my kitchen.
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Old 03-06-2014, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Vancouver
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I can see this working, to a degree. Imagine one day you are at work, you need to make dinner. You use an app to communicate with your fridge asking what do I need to buy to make..such and such.
I don't see people using the front of the fridge so much as another device that could do the same thing using an app communicating with the fridge.
The ability to see through the door doesn't jive with the ability to know what's in your fridge. If the fridge is smart enough, why do you need to look in it? Will it be a case of …well the fridge last time said I had no lemons, but they were there..and we open the door to check anyway? Will it know that the jar of jam is almost empty?
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Old 03-06-2014, 01:39 PM
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Our new LG Dishwasher communicates with the phone by bluetooth, to display error codes and suggested remedies, and
some washing machines communicate by wi-fi and allow turning on from work, but those are all more practical than recipes from ingredients in the fridge. For one thing, people that can afford this are not likely to do their own cooking.
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:44 PM
 
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Also, keep in mind that glass is a horrible insulator compared to an insulated panel or normal fridge/freezer door. It would use more energy to do the same thing as its identical counterpart with a traditional door.
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