"I frankly wonder whether the appliance manufacturers, with all due respect, have been smoking crack … we don’t need a refrigerator that knows when it’s out of milk … What we could use is a refrigerator that refuses to let us open its door when it senses that we are about to consume our fourth Jell-O Pudding Snack in two hours."
“Russian anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab is warning that in a few years Internet-connected microwaves and freezers will be prime targets for virus creators.”—The Register: Fridges to be hit by Net viruses, June 2000 (via @lloydwooduk)
"the long-prophesied phenomenon of everyday devices talking to one another—and us—online, creating odd new behaviors and efficiencies. Fridges that order food when you’re almost out of butter! Houses that sense when you’re gone and power down!"
“Fridgescreen comes hot on the heels of the Microwave Bank, another prototype that offers similar Internet related functions. Both devices signal that the kitchen of the future cannot be that far away”—BBC News: Making your kitchen cool (1999)
“Software giant Microsoft unveiled some of its future technology at its fourth annual Innovation Day … They showed off a large electronic touch-screen family organizer integrated into the wall of a fridge, which included shopping lists and menus compiled from product bar codes, a family calendar and virtual sticky notes.”—CNN: Microsoft unveils hands-on vision of the future (2007)
“One of the greatest technology myths of the last decade has been that smart fridges will take off. And they’re still at it… This machine won’t make life easier: it’ll make it more annoying…”—Smart fridge? Idiot fridge, more like, The Guardian, January 2012
“If you are a recipe curator with a website, all of a sudden you can build pages that work on a touchpad that’s built into a refrigerator. People will know what ingredients they have in their refrigerator and keep track of it using an HTML5 app on the screen”—BBC, HTML 5 takes the internet by storm. (Thanks, Chris)
“Truth is, no one wants to communicate with their fridge. No one wants the obligation of keeping their fridge informed unless they’re seriously short on inter-personal relationships. You want to open your fridge to get the milk, preferably while chatting to someone else or listening to the radio. You don’t want to scan its barcode or let it know that you’re thinking about cooking with smoked haddock next Tuesday.”—'Smart fridge? Idiot fridge, more like' - The Guardian, via Stef.
“At the forefront of its new line is its refrigerator, which just got a lot smarter with a health manager feature that allows you to maintain your diet, send recipes to your smart oven and even keeps you posted when you run out of certain groceries.”—Mashable (via @garretkeogh)
“The new dream home of the future is totally integrated, networked, and ready to log on, even the refrigerator. … If you want a window into the future, then CES is definitely the place. … A wireless and removable Web tablet resides in the refrigerator door. You can use it as a calendar, or to check e-mail, order groceries, or leave notes for other household members. Kiss those magnets and cluttered sticky notes goodbye.”—PC World, January 2000
"The project was developed during the summer term at the University of Applied Sciences in Schwäbisch Gmünd. It deals with the process of food management in a futuristic scenario where RFID tags are printable. In this scenario, the data stored on the RFID tags is put at the users’ disposal by an interactive terminal. Naturally, the most useful area of application for this technology is the place where perishable goods are kept in - the refrigerator."
"Chip giant Broadcom has launched a new WiFi chip module for manufacturers to use to add connectivity to devices, appliances, energy management gadgets and other things that less commonly have Internet connections."
"It’s a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when they ran low. Your dinner plate could post to a social network what you’re eating. Your robot could go to the office while you stay home in your pajamas. And you could, perhaps, take an elevator to outer space.
These are just a few of the dreams being chased at Google X, the clandestine lab where Google is tackling a list of 100 shoot-for-the-stars ideas.?”