Jan. 9, 2012 at 4:24 PM ET
No more sniff test needed of some borderline items in your fridge: LG, which has led the way in smart fridges (including those with Internet access), unveiled "Smart Manager" Monday, which lets the fridge tell you when something should get tossed.
The feature is one of the additions LG is adding to its proprietary "Smart ThinQ" technology, the company said at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. "Smart Manager" works in conjunction with a smartphone.
"Consumers can use the refrigerator’s LCD panel or their smartphones to check the food items stored inside, as well as their location and expiration date," the company said in a news release. "Using the Smart Manager's Freshness Tracker, users can also enter various food items, such as eggs, milk and vegetables, and check their suggested expiration dates. Additionally, the refrigerator recommends dishes that can be cooked using the ingredients available in the refrigerator."
Refrigerators with the "Smart Manager" program will be out this year. No word on pricing.
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