Cool News: Now Your Fridge Can Run Linux

Electrolux (Frigidaire) Infinity i-kitchen

The range of devices running Linux grows every day.  Now you can add one more to the list: Electrolux (Frigidaire) in Brazil has just announced the Infinity i-kitchen, a  smart appliance running Linux on an embedded 400MHz Freescale i.MX25 processor.  With 128MB RAM and a 480×800 touch panel, the i-kitchen provides the user with unparalleled control over his refrigerator operations.

In addition to providing basic information such as current time and temperature, several additional apps are built-in: notes, calendar, contacts, photos, tips and recipes.  According to the manufacturer:

Following the bold design found in the Infinity series, this new refrigerator brings high-end technology to your kitchen. It features a high-resolution touch panel with a clean user interface designed with simplicity and intuitiveness in mind. From annotating a phone number to controlling its internal temperature, all the functionalities are just a finger touch away from you.

The Notes application avoids spreading the famous Post-it notes throughout the refrigerator all the while taking its functionality to a new level, marking messages as unread, reminding you of birthdays and appointments. Through Photos it’s possible to use your refrigerator as a digital photo frame and Recipes brings more than 600 recipes published by a famous Brazilian magazine.

We expect your i-kitchen can also link to your smartphone and automatically update your shopping list.

I can see the trend now: Microsoft will announce the MyFridge.Net initiative, Google will introduce the FridgeDroid, and Apple will come out with an iOS-driven iFridge that only stocks Apple approved foods.

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Adam RosenAdam Rosen is an IT consultant specializing in Apple Macintosh systems new and old. He lives in Boston with two cats and too many possessions. In addition to membership in the Cult of Mac, Adam has written for Low End Mac and is curator of the Vintage Mac Museum. He also enjoys a good libation.

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