Samsung and LG unveil smart fridges that present recipes
Samsung and LG are competing against their new smart fridges that scan the inside of the fridge and this week offer meal suggestions at CES 2020.
The smart refrigerators use updated AI technology that not only recognizes food inside and sends smartphone updates, but makes meal suggestions based on available ingredients.
The updates ensure that Samsung and LG smart fridge users get a little help in planning what to cook for the week.
The technology is a new step towards the fully automated kitchen of the future, where users don’t even have to think about meals, because the machines do it all for you.
The Family Hub from Samsung has new AI possibilities that propose recipes and work out meal plans
The next generation Samsung refrigerator in the Family Hub range uses AI-enhanced cameras to scan the contents of the refrigerator and suggests recipes based on what you have in stock.
Thanks to earlier iterations of the Family Hub series, users could remotely view the inside of their refrigerator on their smartphone thanks to built-in cameras.
The new updates for 2020 make Family Hub even more useful by proposing recipes and helping users to prepare a weekly meal plan, taking into account nutritional preferences.
AI image recognition technology scans and identifies products in the refrigerator and sends updates about items that have been added or are running low.
The Quick Plan feature offers a week of recommended recipes with just one click.
If you don’t have any ingredients for cooking, the AI sends users a shopping list with the ingredients they need to stock up.
“Since we launched Family Hub five years ago, we have continued to introduce intelligent innovations that reflect the way busy, modern families live,” said Nick Bevan, Head of Product Management for Home Appliances, Samsung Electronics UK.
“The newest Family Hub helps families stay connected like never before with personalized functions for planning meals, managing your smart home and mirroring content from your TV or mobile device.”
The updates for food suggestions are due to the acquisition of Whisk by Samsung, an AI nutrition startup from the UK that collects ingredients and recipe data.
Samsung has also updated the Family Board, a common bulletin board that allows family members to communicate and support video clips.
With the update, family members can transfer videos from their smartphone to the refrigerator, allowing family members to “relive important memories” while they cook.
Samsung has also updated the SmartView feature to support vertical smartphone videos and social media content.
SmartView lets smartphones act as a remote control for Samsung TVs and mirrors content on the two devices.
Samsung says the new Family Hub functions will be available as software updates this spring.
InstaView with Craft Ice is the first refrigerator in the world with a built-in ice maker that produces spherical ice that melts much slower, says LG
In the meantime, LG has exhibited two new fridges at CES in Las Vegas this week – both with a transparent glass panel that serves as a digital display.
The company is updating its ‘InstaView ThinQ’ range of refrigerators with a function similar to that of Samsung and offers meal suggestions based on available ingredients.
It also warns homeowners when they have almost no items left and suggests options for reordering them, such as available retailers.
The AI system tracks every item in the refrigerator, including in the sharper drawers and the extra shelf ‘door in door’ in the front door of the refrigerator.
The other range of the company, ‘InstaView with Craft Ice’ refrigerator, has a built-in ice maker that produces spherical ice – a favorite of today’s hipster bartenders.
According to LG, the ice balls have a diameter of two centimeters and melt in a drink more slowly than ice cubes, due to a smaller surface.
The LG smart fridge panel is a 22-inch display for surfing the internet and watching cooking videos via WiFi without a separate smartphone or tablet
InstaView with Craft Ice has already been rolled out in the US and will now be made available in other markets in 2020.
Both LG refrigerators have a glass front panel, which allows users to not only look into the fridge without opening the door, but also serve as a 22-inch display to surf the internet and play cooking videos without a corresponding smartphone.
“Our goal at CES 2020 is to show what is possible in the kitchen of tomorrow with LG InstaView refrigerators and AI,” said Dan Song, president of the LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solution Company.
“With technology that quickly transforms boring white boxes into exciting machines that can make artisanal ice cream, make dinner plans and make shopping lists, our advanced ThinQ refrigerators are designed for customers who appreciate all the help they can get in the kitchen.”
The refrigerators are equipped with the ThinQ smart home brand from LG, which also monitors their temperature and sends warnings if it detects an unusual rise in temperature, if the water filter needs to be replaced or if the refrigerator door remains open.
Both the new Samsung and LG fridges will be exhibited this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which starts on Tuesday.
WHAT IS EXPECTED IN CES 2020?
By: Press Association
At the annual convention, Sony, Samsung and LG will unveil new products, along with thousands of other companies showing their latest innovations during the four-day event.
Artificial intelligence, 5G and robotics are expected to be one of the biggest discussion points when the world’s largest technology fair – CES – starts tomorrow.
It opens on Tuesday, January 7 in Las Vegas.
Striking figures from Apple and Facebook also appear on stage together during the show to discuss the data privacy technology industry approach – a subject that companies have previously encountered.
CES is a key date in the industry calendar, with more than 170,000 people expected to participate and more than 20,000 new devices to be revealed.
Ivanka Trump, daughter of the American president Donald Trump and advisor to her father’s administration, will also appear on the show.
Gadgets ranging from new televisions to drones, connected devices and robots are likely to all appear heavily on the show floor, while foldable smartphones – which came to the fore in 2019 – can also be a theme among the new devices that are revealed as companies try to get a grip in that emerging market.
The convention, which has been running since 1967, has a history of the site of the launch of notable technology – including DVD and HD television.
The organizers of the shows have also emphasized that during the show in 2020 a number of ‘non-traditional’ companies that are not known for their work in the technology sector will appear during the event.
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Impossible Foods and the gigantic agricultural machinery John Deere are among the confirmed prices for CES.
CES has also committed itself to continue working on improving diversity during the show, following criticism in recent years that its line-up of keynote speakers has failed to show equality.
Jean Foster, senior vice president of marketing and communication at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) – who is organizing CES – said that diversity was an industry-wide issue, but confirmed that CES had set up an advisory board to improve representation at its keynote speakers .
“We take this platform very, very seriously and we want to help the industry move forward,” she told PA agency last year.