Will You e-Read on Your ‘e-Frigerator’, Redux
Chris Meadows over at Teleread brings our attention to Samsung’s next refrigerator. It comes equipped with a large screen but something tells me that we’re not going to be reading on it.
TheVerge reported earlier today that the electronics giant’s next venture into the internet of stuff will be a massive refrigerator featuring a huge LCD screen. That blog is in Las Vegas early for CES next week, and it spotted the new fridge on several of Samsung’s banners.
We really don’t know anything about the new model yet, but if it is anything like previous models it will likely also have Wifi, a card slot, and quite a few apps, including Pandora, memo, and photo apps.
Now, this is an ebook blog, so naturally we want to know if anyone plans to read on it? That’s a question I ask about almost every gadget, including the WiiU, and in the case of Samsung’s smart refrigerator’s the answer is most definitely in the affirmative.
Past models have supported an Evernote app, as well as an app that could let you read headlines from the AP. That’s a good start, but I for one would like to see an app which would help me search the web for recipes based on what’s in the fridge (and my cupboards). Right now I usually run back to my laptop to find and read recipes, and it would be nice to read on it.
But let’s stop kidding ourselves; most of us aren’t going to read on that refrigerator because most of us can’t afford to spend four grand on a basic appliance (no matter how capable).
While we might like to debate the possibility of reading on Samsung’s v0.02 Monolith, I think it’s far more like that, if we read on a refrigerator at all, we will be reading on an iPad suspended in an aftermarket mount (like this one from Belkin, or this one from Satechi).
Four thousand dollar refrigerators are great, and so is the internet of stuff, but there’s something to be said for cheap after market solutions that don’t have high price tags, can’t get screwed up by firmware updates, and work with tech we already have.
Or am I wrong?