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October 6, 1998

CHILLING PROSPECT OF EMAIL FROM YOUR FRIDGE

By CBR Staff Writer

Taking the craze for home networking devices to its extreme, a Japanese company has launched an internet refrigerator. The company, V-Sync, introduced the fridge at the at the PC World Expo in Makuhari, Japan last week. The chill cabinet can be controlled via a touch-sensitive monitor or built in microphone. The net cooler can store recipes, grocery lists and track what is inside the fridge, according to the South China Morning Post. It has an Intel Corp Pentium PII CPU – although it is not specified if the processor is a ‘cooled’ version or not – and a hard drive, along with separate cabinets for fruit and vegetables. V Sync recommends that the refrigerator is used as the control center for a home network, hooking up to similarly-enabled consumer devices. A battle is now underway between domestic appliances as to which will be the center of a home network. Two months ago, NCR came up with the concept of a web-enabled microwave (CI No 3,493) and it is presumably only a matter of time before washing machines and toasters join the list.

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