It was in 2012 that we first got a glimpse of what can only be called the most futuristic refrigerator design ever conceived. Since then, Haier, the company behind the concept, has been working to translate the idea into reality. At this week’s IFA tech show in Berlin, the Chinese electronics giant revealed that its Smart Window Refrigerator will finally hit the European and Asian markets, early next year.
The fridge, as its name suggests, is capable of turning its doors translucent every time someone walks up to it. Thanks to the inbuilt motion sensors, it easily detects any sort of movement in its vicinity, and consequently, turns on the inner lights as well as the front LED display. When that happens, the refrigerator’s checkered Kevlar-like exterior changes from opaque to translucent, allowing you to look at the groceries inside without having to open the doors.
In addition to its excellent energy-efficient credential, the fridge boasts an array of incredibly smart and intuitive features. Equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity, the appliance allows the user to remotely control all of its elements, via a smartphone or a tablet. Furthermore, it comes with automated humidity control facility that keeps the food fresh for longer periods of time. According to the company’s officials, the Smart Window Refrigerator will be available for purchase in Europe and Asia, by early next year.
While pricing details have not yet been revealed, some believe it will likely cost a few thousand euros, or more.