For $4,000, Samsung's New "Smart Refrigerator" Better Food Shop, Cook Me Dinner and Do the Dishes

Samsung just released a "smart" refrigerator that runs on Android. The appliance will give you recipes and help you control its temperature, but do we really need the ability to tweet while rummaging through the crisper?

Depending on your views about a future in which machines rise up against humans, one of Samsung’s new smart refrigerator will either fill you with wonder or send you sobbing into the fetal position.

The new Samsung T9000 refrigerator features a 10-inch Wi-Fi enabled touchscreen that allows users to take notes for the grocery store, search for recipes, check the weather or connect to Twitter. (Insert dated joke here about tweets, food and over-sharing.)

Upsides to this “smart” fridge are its ability to create recipes for you based on the groceries available in your fridge, the ease with which you can control its temperature, and your new bragging rights that you own a refrigerator with a 10-inch Wi-Fi enabled touchscreen.

The biggest downside to owning this appliance is that the fridge will not slap your hand if you reach for that second slice of pie. Where is our refrigerator-turned-personal trainer? Actually, where is the fridge that will tell us our milk is about to go bad? That would be a truly smart machine.

In all seriousness, true downsides include the inability to download Android apps to the screen outside those already included (sorry, no Angry Birds) and the hefty $4,000 price tag. 

So, would you invest in a $4,000 “smart” refrigerator? Or perhaps you would consider a less expensive model with an iPad slapped on the front with some high quality magnets?

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