LG Electronics has announced it will introduce smart home appliances at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). These devices use a wireless technology called NFC (near field communication). LG says consumers can control the appliances with a smartphone.
LG says in a release, "By simply touching their smartphone to the NFC Tag-on symbol on one of LG's smart appliances, customers can easily register and control their refrigerator, washing machine, robotic vacuum cleaner or range oven. Smart Control also allows the user to effectively manage their appliances with simple voice commands given via smartphone and remotely monitor LG’s super-efficient Smart Home system away from home."
LG's smart appliance technology includes Smart Manager for its smart refrigerator products. Owners of the smart refrigerator can use the refrigerator's LCD panel or their smartphone to check what is inside their fridge without opening the door. Smart Manager can also recommend recipe ideas based on the items currently inside the refrigerator. This video shows how the food manager on the LG smart refrigerator works. It does require some inputting. It will be more revolutionary when a fridge is able to know everything inside it - and when it expires - without needing your help. But this does give you a means to easily track items that can spoil, such as milk, meats and eggs. Take a look: