The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) happens in Las Vegas next week, so of course two of the largest appliance manufacturers in the world will be showing off their new smart refrigerators.
Both LG and Samsung today announced the latest iterations in their high-tech fridge lineup, both of which feature built-in artificial intelligence to automatically recognize the food inside to help you discover recipes, grocery shop, and plan meals accordingly.
LG will be showing off its new InstaView ThinQ refrigerator, which features a large, connected touchscreen that also goes transparent so you can peek inside the fridge without opening the door (a feature we at The Spoon love). The new LG fridge also uses computer vision and AI for real-time inventory of what’s inside. Based on that inventory, the LG fridge will make meal suggestions and alert homeowners when they are running low on particular items.
Not to be outdone, Samsung will also be showing off the newest edition of its Family Hub smart fridge. It too sports a connected touchscreen, and will use cameras and AI to identify food inside the fridge. Based off of that information it can suggest meals, or even a week’s worth of meals, through Whisk, which Samsung NEXT acquired earlier this year.
Pricing and availability details were not provided in either press release.
What corporate press releases can’t fully express is how well each of their computer vision and image recognition systems will work. Being able to identify a carton of milk isn’t that hard, but how will it handle bunches of grapes? Or a bag of carrots? We’ll see if we can get a hands-on demo while we’re at CES and see how well these new fridges can see.