There are plenty of “smart home” products out there, all promising to make our lives easier by connecting home appliances to our smartphones. Few of these gadgets, however, look as futuristic as LG’s Signature refrigerator.
The fridge, which LG demonstrated during its press conference at CES Tuesday, comes decked out with sensors that make it easier to access your food — and, more importantly, could cut down on energy use.
One door features a dark panel that becomes transparent after knocking on it twice. This, LG says, is meant to make it easier to see what’s inside the fridge without opening it.
The fridge also senses when you’re nearby so it can automatically open the door for you. It projects a holograph on the floor just in front of the appliance that triggers the door to open when you step on it. LG says it’s smart enough to know the difference between a human and a pet walking by.
The Signature has a few other features aimed at power preservation, such as a display inside the door that allows owners to control the temperature and monitor energy usage.
LG isn’t the only manufacturer showcasing futuristic household appliances. On Monday, photos of a Samsung refrigerator with what appeared to be a giant touchscreen circulated the web.