Smart Fridges Are Still a Dumb Idea

Smart Fridges Are Still a Dumb Idea

Last week, Samsung hyped its new smart fridge at CES—and it’s got a lot of people scratching their heads a bit.

Samsung’s “Family Hub” fridge will come equipped with a 21.5-inch touch screen, cameras, and sensors—in case you ever found yourself wishing you could see your fridge’s contents without opening the door. The screen does other stuff, too—it displays calendars, shows off family photos, has music apps, and even lets you order groceries.

The future is now, people.

Of course, Samsung has had some trouble nailing the execution of their smart fridges in the past. Just last month, we told you about how some owners of a different Samsung smart fridge have been unable to use their fridge’s pre-installed Google Calendar app for over a year. And owners have faced a slew of other software problems, too—from difficulties using Twitter to the photo reader.

That’s the downside of the Internet of Things—it can pretty easily quickly turn into the Internet of Buggy, Broken Things.

While some media outlets hailed Samsung’s Family Hub fridge as “the future”—others were more measured in their praise. TechHive called it “ridiculous and amazing.” The Verge called it an “exceptionally odd fridge / smartphone hybrid.” But the most biting criticism came courtesy of one of my favorite Twitter accounts ever, The Internet of Shit (this goes without saying, but you’re about to encounter some salty language).

Here’s what they said about Samsung’s new web-connected fridge:

lmao pic.twitter.com/ECfeG0CqmI

— Internet of Shit (@internetofshit) January 5, 2016

ANYONE with kids knows this is a fucking bad idea pic.twitter.com/uGL7O9OXi0 — Internet of Shit (@internetofshit) January 5, 2016

Samsung says its new fridges will get “regular updates” — but what happens in a few years when that stops and things break?

— Internet of Shit (@internetofshit) January 5, 2016

And, finally the pièce de résistance:

Sorry, a software update bricked your fridge and you need to send it in for repairs. — Internet of Shit (@internetofshit) January 5, 2016

Cnet reports that the fridge is expected to go on sale in the US this spring with a price tag of about $5,000. Hmmmm, maybe I’ll stick with my fix-able dumb fridge for now.

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