Browse Definitions :
Definition

Internet refrigerator (Net fridge or Web-enabled refrigerator)

An Internet refrigerator (sometimes called a Net fridge) is a version of the familiar kitchen appliance with a built-in computer that can be connected to the Internet. The Internet refrigerator is one item in a growing product category known as Internet appliances that includes not only devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs) and smart phones, but also Web-enabled versions of typical household appliances such as refrigerators and microwave ovens.

LG Electronics' Digital Multimedia Side-By-Side Fridge Freezer with LCD Display was one of the first available products; its features include a touch screen in a 15.1-inch thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) and its own LAN (local area network) port. This refrigerator can keep track of what foods are stored in it and how long they've been there. There's a built-in video camera, so you can leave video memos for other household members, and a built-in digital camera, so you can take a photograph and save it to an album, post it to a Web site, or send it out to an e-mail recipient. You can also watch television, play MP3 files, or listen to the radio.

Although it might seem at first an unusual combination for an appliance, there are reasons why a Web-enabled computer refrigerator is a good idea. As Frank Lee, of LG Electronics Canada (quoted in an EXN article) explains, "We have so many things going on in the kitchen. Let's put access to the Internet there. What's more important is that the refrigerator is really the only thing in the house that's on 24 hours a day, so let's have the Internet easy to access and also play a larger function than just simply e-mail."

This was last updated in September 2005

Continue Reading About Internet refrigerator (Net fridge or Web-enabled refrigerator)

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

SearchCompliance

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)

    The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a widely accepted set of policies and procedures intended to ...

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

SearchSecurity

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • call tree

    A call tree is a layered hierarchical communication model that is used to notify specific individuals of an event and coordinate ...

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide ...

  • cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR)

    Cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR) is a combination of strategies and services intended to back up data, applications and other ...

SearchStorage

  • RAM (Random Access Memory)

    RAM (Random Access Memory) is the hardware in a computing device where the operating system (OS), application programs and data ...

  • business impact analysis (BIA)

    Business impact analysis (BIA) is a systematic process to determine and evaluate the potential effects of an interruption to ...

  • M.2 SSD

    An M.2 SSD is a solid-state drive that is used in internally mounted storage expansion cards of a small form factor.

Close