The brightly lit disco kitchen of tomorrow, LG thinks you will want it

What I mean by that, is that if you think kitchen appliances with built in tablets are cool, then you will love the new era of appliances sporting bright LED panels instead of the usual black or white metal.
LG’s MoodUP refrigerator comes with color-changing LED doors and a built-in speaker | Engadget

Of course, since this is technically covered with LED displays, it could lead to a future where your house is saturated with TV’s, all emitting pulses of bright color changing eye-candy tuned to speakers and other devices. I wonder if it is possible to consume too much of such just like with the edible version.

What was not mentioned is whether people can stick their vacation mementos and child’s drawings to the panels as well (like people have done for decades). It seems to me that since LED and OLED technology is now at the point where you can have displays of literally any shape, we may have a phase where companies start sticking them anywhere and everywhere just because they can.

At the least, these will probably remain niche for the same reasons why every non-classic cereal type eventually disappears from the shelves (in the US at least, a lot of people actually need a strong argument as to why they want to try something new with basic products).

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I don’t know if I like it or dislike it…

Though in design terms led-surfaces are kinda a sci fi concept, now the real question if actually the concept translates correctly to use cases.

I always think by principle that efficiency+practicality+design is the best combination because there is a balance in everything… Otherwise you place the cart before the horse.

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The panels will blink repeatedly if you leave the door open for too long, or flash a welcome when someone approaches.

Uh, no. Having colourful panels could be nice only if I can pick the colours (not choose from those they picked), but I don’t want my fridge “greeting” me, or policing how long I keep the door open. I don’t need it to play music either; I listen to that through headphones at my computer. If it shows images, what I want to see is the inside so I don’t even have to open the door to check whether I need to buy eggs. But I’m not the target audience anyway – we rent, and I have never in my life bought a new refrigerator (for a house; I bought one for a boat), nor is that likely to change. And if, main criteria are size, energy efficiency, and how easy it is to change the shelves to adapt to our needs; no bells and whistles are worth a higher price.

Having LED displays plastered all over the house isn’t very attractive to me; I like plain surfaces, wood, physical prints and paintings for decoration, though there are some things that really gain from saturated light, so I might have one frame for those.

If I were to win the lottery and might buy something futuristic, this zero-energy Bio Robot refrigerator is the one I’d be much more tempted by:


It will be nice if children can paint the doors digitally, you load a jpg in refrigerator. As it is shown is an annoying: look at me! look at me!!

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Things like that might look nice in all those minimalistic archvis renders we see in featured row here, when it just one “futuristic” glowy thing per scene. In a real kitchen though it would melt your eyes probably. I have a “gaming” mouse with fancy LEDs and it’s too much. Looks cool in pictures - super inconvenient in real life.
The most futuristic feature I can think of is reliability - one shouldn’t need to buy new kitchen hardware every five years.

Don’t you judge me, Skynet! There’s nothing wrong with midnight snacks!


You are already above your allocated sugar content! Laser ray will prevent you touch those not allowed foodstuff.


Well, The look isn’t exactly to my taste. In my opinion, many companies are manufacturing the illusion of luxury as opposed to a practical luxury item. In my opinion, having a wall plastered with a screen isn’t stylish, luxurious, or anything. It is a cheap manufactured illusion designed to dazzle people into buying it. Thats what modern electronic design is all about (if anyone on here were naïve enough to actually think otherwise). Many people want to be dazzled, so they will buy the lovely multi color jarvis wall.
So what exactly is luxury? In my opinion it is something that makes ones life easier. Like indoor plumbing, a butler, or just art… is it art to plaster television screens as every wall of your house? Everybody probably has different ideas on that. Mine is that it is quite gouache. Art, style and class all require a artist. It is no longer common, even among the ultra wealthy to have actual artisans create masterpieces for decoration. Rooms are a mood, wall art adds to the ensemble of the room. I would be a lot more impressed of a room with carved wood paneling and what then some sci fi thing. But each to their own.

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"Which is all well and good until the damned thing breaks!"

My Dad once bought a car in which virtually every function was controlled by a touch-sensitive display mounted on the center console. But the entire car turned out to be "an electrical lemon," constantly defying the expertise even of local repair shops which specialized in automotive electronics. One day, the center console display simply went blank. And, my Dad was then informed that there was no available warranty to cover the nearly-$4,000(!!) expense of replacing it.

Quite sensibly, he immediately sold the car. Fully disclosing to CarMax™ that they should not attempt to re-sell the car before it was actually fixed. (To their credt, they bought it anyway.)

And then he then bought a brand-new one, carefully buying the maximum possible extent of manufacturer’s warranty on everything. (They’ll even change the oil for free … they’ll shine your shoes and make you coffee …) He has already told me that he intends to sell this car before that warranty runs out, to avoid any repeats of that previous experience. I fully agree with him.

“But, isn’t that a very poor – planned obsolescence – use of your money?”

The electronics of an electronically-controlled car are far more likely to fail before any of the mechanical parts do. However, once this happens, the entire rest of the car becomes “unsalvageable.” Hundreds of thousands of miles too soon.

Of course, meanwhile I am still driving a thoroughly non-electronic car from 2006 which is now on its second engine and fully paid for. I like it, and continue to regularly pour money into it for various parts as they expire, simply because it is roomy, powerful, comfortable, and non-electronic. It gets me where I need to go, after about 285,000 miles “and counting.” (And it still looks just fine on the road.) I’m certainly no “automotive luddite,” but I know(!) that I have spent far less money keeping this mostly-very-reliable vehicle running than I would spend on a “new car” that I expect that I would like much less … largely because of the electronics. “They no longer make them like they used to.”

Each and every time I drive Dad’s car, I have to turn off various “features” every time I turn it on. Such as one that is apparently looking at my eyes(!) to “monitor me,” and tell me to “keep my eyes on the road.” And another that is watching lane-markers to tell me to turn on my turn-signal before changing lanes. Another which purports to watch for cars beside me in case I don’t look over my shoulder before changing lanes. Yet another which wants to apply the brakes for me before I hit something. They’re already talking about adding “breathalyzer” hardware to future cars, and I fully expect that at this point some computer will literally wrest steering control from me.

Here is the only safe scenario: I, and I alone, am in full and sovereign control of my car.” And, should I be involved in an accident … (and, by the way, in all these years I never have …) I alone am accountable for it. My vehicle(!) had no part in what just happened other than to get smashed.

Also: “what might happen if a new generation of drivers becomes dependent on the expectation of ‘this new technology?’” What if they don’t “look over their shoulders before changing lanes?”

I really don’t want to wind up at the Pearly Gates, only to inform Saint Peter that I was killed by a computer. (As various people who “believed too much in ‘autopilot’” already have.) I’d much rather have to admit to him that “someone else is right now still holding my beer.” :smiley:


As a Automotive Mechanic, I would agree with your perspective. I see absolutely no reason for a “Drivers door module”, “Drivers seat module”, or the “Daytime running light module”. All of their functions are easily accomplished with a analog circuit. Interestingly enough, 90% of electrical issues on vehicles are only repairable by replacing a module. (not counting burned out bulbs, unless talking LED or HID).
I do think that their are uses for computers, like the one I am typing on (I mainly use it for Photo editing, Blender, CAD, and games). But the over computerization of everything I cant really get behind. A refrigerator has no use at all for a single microchip, much less wifi. A stove range can benefit from a timer chip, but that is also replaceable by a mechanical actuation. When it comes to connecting all of those things including your door locks and indoor cctv to your phone… it sounds to me (who is admittedly illiterate in this field) quite open to hacking… Kind of like how modern vehicles can self update through the “cloud” while parked outside… these are the same vehicles that use a computer to start, shift into gear, have electronic power steering, and a 360 degree camera and extremely accurate depth sensors; all connected through the controller area network bus.
All of that to say, I still don’t like LG’s Fridge. But Im sure someone does. Guess everyones got their thing.
I think I basically just said what my first comment was on this thread again. Kind of redundant, oh well! lol

I wouldn’t mind led strips on some places. Like if you closed your fridge it will glow green for like 1 second and if it’s open more than 10 seconds that it glows red. Or a timer that will pulse light instead of a loud sound. There are probably many uses with light as we have lights everywhere that dictates how to behave.