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Samsung's fridge of the future will let you check spoilage from your phone

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Yesterday, the first photos of Samsung's new smart refrigerator appeared on the company's official Flickr page. Now, a Korean version of the product announcement has appeared on Samsung Korea's official site. The translation is a little unclear, but the text hints at a number of powerful new features we can expect in the company's new refrigerator.

According to the Korean announcement, the device's most interesting feature is an embedded camera keeping an eye on what's in the fridge, accessible through remote apps or the touchscreen tablet built into the fridge's right door. The fridge will also have sophisticated humidity and temperature sensors, which are also accessible through the fridge's network hub.

Having those components in the same place lets Samsung try out some interesting features. The camera is designed to help monitor spoilage, letting you eye a particular bowl of leftovers without opening the door. The announcement also mentions "D-Day" alerts, reminding you when a given item has been lying around long enough to spoil. If it's your last carton of milk going bad, you can even order a replacement through the onboard operating system, assuming there's a local partner in place. And since the fridge is designed to hook into the Internet of Things, all those tricks will work as well on your smartphone as they do on the onboard tablet.

Along with the core functions, there are some surprising extras, like a stereo speaker system and a news-and-weather system on the tablet display. The fridge will also come with seasonal recipes built in, although it's unclear how thoroughly they'll integrate with the food that's already in your fridge. We still don't know when the fridge will be available or how much it will cost, but more details are expected at the official CES announcement later this week.

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