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Dacor puts cameras in its new line of luxury fridges

The refrigerators in Dacor's new Heritage line will come with two built-in cameras so you can peek at your food while you're at the store.

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Ashlee spent time as a newspaper reporter, AmeriCorps VISTA and an employee at a healthcare company before she landed at CNET. She loves to eat, write and watch "Golden Girls" (preferably all three at the same time). The first two hobbies help her out as an appliance reviewer. The last one makes her an asset to trivia teams. Ashlee also created the blog, AshleeEats.com, where she writes about casual dining in Louisville, Kentucky.

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The Heritage refrigerators are Dacor's first counter-depth refrigerators. The interior is stainless steel, and LED lights surround the shelves.

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Samsung has already started to rub off on the luxury appliance brand the company bought last year. That brand, called Dacor, just revealed its latest line of products at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show Tuesday in Orlando -- counter-depth refrigerators with cameras built into the door shelves.

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The two cameras built into the door of the Heritage refrigerators take pictures of the food inside.

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The Dacor Heritage Column Refrigeration Collection will be available in the US beginning in February. The company didn't immediately have prices available. This refrigerator is also part of Dacor's Modernist Collection line of appliances that includes a dual-fuel steam range, double wall ovens and cooktops. The collection will be available in late May.

Samsung's acquisition of Dacor, a manufacturer based out of California, now gives the company the chance to add its own technology to high-end appliances and appeal to folks with fatter pocketbooks. And Samsung doesn't have to create luxury appliances from scratch -- as part of the acquisition, Dacor kept its name and US operations and manufacturing. Essentially, Dacor can provide the body, and Samsung can provide the brains.

Samsung got serious about connected refrigerators last year when the company released the Family Hub Refrigerator. The behemoth included a 21.5-inch touchscreen built into the fridge's door, its own set of apps and connected cameras. Other companies such as LG have also upgraded their refrigerators to include cameras and connectivity.

There are two cameras built into the door of the Dacor Heritage fridge that take pictures of what's inside. So if you forgot your shopping list at home, you can see what's inside your fridge when you're at the grocery store.

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