Seoul - If your fridge starts telling you to "step away from the cake," it could be that its using LG Electronics Smart ThinQ technology, which the company is showing at the 2012 International Consumer Electronic Appliance show, being held 10-13 Jan 2012 in Las Vegas.
Press reports say that the LG THINQ Smart Refrigerator can monitor its contents, offer healthy foods, provide recipes, and even switch the oven on. It can also connect to online shopping services, and add items that are running low to a user's account.
LG says in a press release that, together, Smart ThinQ and the HeMS (Home energy Management System) "provide consumers with a more comfortable and convenient way to manage chores, as well as potentially big savings in energy use and electricity bills."
LG appliances designed for modern lifestyles an ultra large-capacity, Blast Chiller-equipped French-door refrigerator, which earned a CES 2012 "Best of Innovations" award. This has a quick-chilling compartment for drinks, and can cool a 12-ounce can of beer or soda in less than five minutes, perfect, says LG "for those unexpected visits from friends or relatives."
According to LG, Smart ThinQ technology offers customised, flexible ways to control energy use, using Smart Manager for food management system. Consumers can use the refrigerator's LCD panel or their smartphones to check what food is where inside, and when it will expire.
LG smart appliances are also Smart Grid-ready, meaning that once local utility companies begin offering Smart Grid-compatible, differentiated energy-rate time slots, consumers can re-adjust their function settings to take advantage of optimum energy rates every day.
HeMS gives consumers access to the energy usage data of their smart appliances via smartphone or PC1.