Discuss: Smart Refrigerators On the Market

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April 16, 2015 at 09:25:04
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about the growing amount of smart refrigerators available for purchase. Discuss here if you think these products are a glimpse into the future, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks,
Justin


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#1
April 16, 2015 at 13:36:51
Wot is a smart refrigerator; is it one that stops one from snacking (even binging) at odd hours of the night?

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#2
April 16, 2015 at 14:41:22
Nah, you walk up to it, the door opens and it hands you whatever you were thinking of. Err...be very careful tho.

OK, this is what it really does:
http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-s...
Can't say I feel the need right now - we vary what we purchase and don't find it an undue burden to look and see what we need or are running out of. Could be technology for the sake of technology but I guess we'll see - eventually.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#3
April 17, 2015 at 11:37:19
Seems like they're making everything "smart" today except people. This is one of the dumbest things I ever heard of. Unless you're handicapped, if you can't open your refrigerator and go food shopping, you have serious issues. Another gadget to fleece the consumer out of more money.

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#4
April 25, 2015 at 01:38:05
We use a hand-written shopping list and then personally shop. Considered using on-line grocery shopping which is available from both large retail chains here but that would remove our ability to select exactly which fruit and vegies and cuts of meat we like best from the available supply. The store would also lose out since there are invariable some "Impulse" items that mysteriously appear in the trolly when we reach the checkout. Can't imagine responding favourably to pop-up ads for impulse items while trying to shop on-line. And as for Smart Fridges? We are not totally brand-loyal but generally chase value and quality. Will the fridge do that ?

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#5
April 25, 2015 at 05:40:38
Interesting. I once had the same view as #4 about internet shopping. My view changed when I tried it - mostly it worked out just fine, although we now do a bit of both. Not so sure about that fridge tho.

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#6
April 25, 2015 at 15:52:06
Richard59,

I never heard of a shopping cart, as we say here in the US,referred to as a trolly. I usually have quite a few "impulse " items in my trolly by the time I hit the checkout. I never used online shopping, but it has become available in my area recently. It's nice to know it's available if one needs it. I still enjoy going out and seeing people, and getting the exercise. No "smart" stuff for me yet.

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#7
April 26, 2015 at 01:29:09
My brother, who is handicapped, has been shopping food online for many years now. However since he is interested in trying new flavours and mixes, how would the fridge know when his interest turns into Lebanese or Spanish-Mogolian.

Then again, items sometimes "know" more than human mind can explain. Take for instance a thermos that can keep you beverage cold or hot. But how does it know which?

Nigel

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#8
April 26, 2015 at 02:12:49
And how does a feather know which way to fall, and how does it simply float whilst making up its mind, and why does it take so long...; whilst a lump of lead sems much more decisive...


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