Did you know as one of the essential home appliances, a smart refrigerator is no ordinary icebox/freezer it has more features that are amazing?
Read on to know more!!!!!!!!!
What Is a Smart Refrigerator?
A smart refrigerator which is one of the essential home appliances have touchscreen interface and ability to connect to the internet via Wi-Fi to provide a number of additional features. Smart refrigerators include internal cameras, with more flexible user-controlled cooling options, and the ability for you to interact with its features using your smartphone or tablet when away from home. Some smart refrigerators can even connect with other smart devices in your home; such as smart TVs, speakers and even your smart dishwasher or smart microwave.
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What are the Features of a Smart Refrigerator?
While exact features included will vary by brand and model, here is an overview of some of the many things you never knew a fridge could perform. Keep in mind, not all smart refrigerators have similar features.
>Touchscreen interface is used to coordinate timelines for every member of the family.
>Look up recipes and your fridge reads the steps while you cook.
>Generate grocery lists that synchronize to your smartphone in real-time.
>Set expiration dates and receive notifications to use food while still fresh.
>Upload photos for display.
>Create individual profiles for each family member to send them personal notes and to-do lists.
>Leave messages for your family with the use of a whiteboard option.
>Allow you to look inside the fridge without opening the door using a transparent touchscreen.
>Cast from a smart TV in another room to watch from the kitchen.
Apart from those features, they are other amazing things a smart fridge can perform. You can as well use your smart fridge features to:
>Customize temperature by compartment or drawer.
>Use interior cameras while at the store to double-check if you are low on eggs or milk.
>Alert you when to change the water filter.
>Turn/switch the ice maker on or off from your smartphone.
More Ways Smart Refrigerators can impress you
Few models of smart refrigerators provide both cold and hot water. You can select a temperature and amount of water you want to be heated and your smart refrigerator sends a notification to your smartphone when your heated water is ready. Some even come with a Keurig single-cup coffee maker built-in, saving counter space and making your morning routine just a bit simpler.
Smart refrigerators also have incorporated sensors to make opening the door with your hands full no trouble at all. Sensors in the door respond to a gentle bump by opening the door for you. A few models have sensors at the bottom of the unit that respond to foot gestures to open the fridge door for you. Moreover, if the door is not closed securely, the sensors respond and automatically pull the door shut to keep your food fresh and thus prevent cool air from getting out and running up your energy bills.
What are the Common Concerns about Smart Refrigerators?
With all of the features and connectivity, many people still have concerns about whether a smart refrigerator is a smart decision. Let us consider some of the common concerns many people have when it comes to making the investment in a smart fridge.
- Aren’t smart refrigerators much more expensive than normal refrigerators?
While they started out quite a bit more expensive, the prices have decreased significantly as more brands and models have become available. Choosing a smart fridge over (non-smart) ones with a bottom-drawer freezer or a French-door style could cost as little a couple hundred bucks more or as much as a couple of thousand dollars more. It all depends on the model and brand you select.
- Can someone hack my smart refrigerator and take it over or use it against me in some iniquitous way?
The important thing to always keep in mind about all smart home technology that connects to the internet is that it typically uses the same Wi-Fi access you have set up for your other devices to access the internet, such as your smartphones, tablets, computers, and TV streamer devices. You always want to have your modem or router configured with proper security and complex passwords to ensure the safety of all of your connected devices and appliances.
You might also be wondering, “What could be hacked”? Well, the smart in smart refrigerator usually refers to a built-in computer with a screen and access to the internet. You can log into services you use day-to-day so that, for instance, your calendar appears on the refrigerator’s screen. Your login information could be taken and used in other places (another reason why unique passwords for every service you use makes a lot of sense). Everything has some sort of vulnerability, so it remains to be seen how manufacturers treat these kinds of problems.
- Are repairs for smart refrigerators more expensive than the regular refrigerators?
Yes and no. The main components of the refrigerator such as condenser coils, fans, compressors, and so on would cost the same as to maintain and repair a regular refrigerator. It’s still a fridge, at the end of the day.
Where there could potentially be an additional cost for repairs would be if special features such as hands-free door opening sensors, built-in coffee maker, or the touchscreen interface were to break down or fail. However, manufacturers designed smart refrigerators with typical family use and the medium fridge lifespan (about 15 years) in mind.
- Will my smart refrigerator become old-fashioned when a new model comes out?
Wi-Fi connectivity means your smart refrigerator could receive new software updates and probably new features as they are developed and released. Your smart refrigerator should get smarter and stay up-to-date with the latest technology over time. In addition, most technology companies send through software updates during the night to avoid hassles for users, so updates should seem almost without interruption.
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