Step away from the fridge

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

ThinQ refridgerator Eek. A new fridge from LG will tell you what you should and shouldn’t be eating, and will give you recommendations according to your diet goals.

Watch out! The diet police are coming – and you will find them lurking inside your fridge. In what some might deem a step too far into the future, LG has unveiled a high tech fridge that will tell you what to eat – and more importantly, what not to eat. The new ThinQ Smart refrigerator, which goes on sale in the UK for around £2,000 later this year, has an in-built dietician, which can be programmed to keep an eye on what you’re eating – and tell you when you’ve made an unhealthy choice.

Users programme their BMI and weight loss targets into the fridge, which then uses in-built smart TV and voice recognition technology to ascertain who is opening the fridge. It can then access that person’s details and use them to suggest healthier options, recipes and meal ideas. The fridge, billed as ‘your own Nigella Lawson’, can even switch on a compatible oven to the correct temperature according to the recipe it has suggested. The diet-friendly fridge does have benefits for those not on a health kick too. It has a special high-speed wine-chiller that can take your favourite wine from warm to ice cold in just eight minutes, and a beer in five.

ThinQ new fridgeTechnology derived from LG air conditioners has been used in the fridge’s ‘blast-chiller’ drawer, which swirls chilled air to prevent ice crystals from forming. And making shopping lists a thing of the past, a camera inside the device allows you to see what is in your fridge from a mobile phone. And with the ThinQ Smart, mouldy food languishing in the vegetable drawer (that area of the fridge widely known as the ‘rotter’ where salad goes to die) will be a thing of the past. A facility to scan the barcode of every item that goes into the fridge allows the Smart fridge to remember the expiry date of every item inside – and send you a text when each one is nearing its end. LG hopes the fridge will link up to online shopping services such as Ocado. Dr Scott On of LG said: ‘This transforms the appliance into a food management system.’ Presenting the high tech device at the 2012 Consumer Electric Show, LG’s Michael Lilie said that gadgets such as the Smart refrigerator – which communicate with their owners by text – will be a ‘major trend for the future.’

I’m not sure what happens if you choose to ignore the fridge’s advice, but I think I prefer to make my food choices without a commentary, thank you very much.

Written by Deborah Arthurs, this article originally appeared in the Daily Mail
Pictures as per the origianl article.

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  1. Zu

    Wow! I wonder if the price of that fridge is cool as it looks.

    5 years ago •

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