We have created an intelligent refrigerator concept using modern technology. The application will runs on the embedded LCD at the front door of your refrigerator. Software is supported by mobile application for food management and for intelligent shopping.
A study of ergonomics conducted by Apple Inc. shows that the most suitable dimensions of display is about 9.7”. For our concept we have considered a 10.1” LCD display with IPS matrix and great viewing angles. On the top of the LCD there is a capacitive multi-touch panel which is capable of 11 simultaneous touches. It opens up the possibilities of multi-finger gestures.
Usability of this type of application is crucial. Considering ergonomics, we provide an intuitive, simple and fast user control. No one wants to work large and complicated menu, with plenty of functionality, some of which isn't necessary. For example who would like to make a skype call directly from the refrigerator, watch TV, or have chat window?
Removing food from the fridge can be done in an effective way. The application can gradually learns the preferences and also the average amount of food consumed by the user. If the user consistently takes out an average amount of food, the ability of system using the application to learn, will lower the time needed for any interaction between the application and user the (read more in “Mobile platform” section).
The step of removing food from refrigerator can be accomplished quickly, even without the bar code system integration or the learning of user preferences– the fridge application needs just about 1-3 seconds of button interaction and gestures to make a fast and easy correction of the actual consumed item to the appropriate amount. No other interaction is necessary.
The application notifies users of expired food, which recipes can be created from purchased food, or suggests what the user should buy in order to make his/her favorite recipe. In the future, direct online shopping and other features can be implemented.