Samsung's super-slick fridge, now with pop-out TV!

Samsung ICE refrigerator updates a familiar, but not proven, concept.

One of the very few families I know that actually had a TV in their fridge was the Bluths. (OK, I don't really know them. But thanks to Fox, I got to see inside their model home every week for three seasons, so it totally feels that way.)

Samsung ICE
Samsung

I don't recall any of them actually watching their fantastic TV fridge, but that's probably because, like actual humans, comically dysfunctional television characters don't fancy standing around their kitchen for their viewing pleasure. (Though the Bluths might make an exception for a vintage Cornballer infomercial.)

Here's where Samsung comes in: its new Wireless ICE Pad fridge, which debuted right before CES, has a built-in 10.4-inch LCD screen, but this one can be removed to become, essentially, a tablet PC. Running Windows CE, it can receive a TV and AM/FM signal up to 200 feet away from the fridge. It also acts as a calendar and message center, and though those functions are more productive and practical, they're not nearly as fun.

About the author

Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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