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LG's see-through fridge army grows at IFA

No, that's not a tablet. Knock on this fridge door to turn it transparent.

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The Door-in-door with Instaview -- tap the glass and see what's inside.

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LG's expanding its Instaview line of fridges once again. After debuting it on the LG Signature Refrigerator at CES, the Korean company introduced the feature on standard four- and three-door French door refrigerators. Now, at the IFA trade show here in Berlin, LG's showing off side-by-side refrigerators with the Instaview feature.

When it was first introduced at CES, I thought the panel built in to the LG Signature Refrigerator was a tablet a la the Samsung Family Hub fridge. Instead, for better or worse, LG took a simpler approach. The panel built into the door didn't double as a touchscreen display -- it turned translucent when you knocked on it, so you could see the contents of your fridge without opening the door and wasting the cold air.

Hopefully, since side-by-side refrigerators tend to cost less than their French door cousins, these newest Instaview fridges will make the feature more accessible. The French door variety costs upwards of $4,000 in the US. We'll update this piece as soon as we hear more about pricing and availability.

At IFA, LG's touting the Wi-Fi Eclipse Display built into the Instaview panel -- it shows the fridge and freezer temperature while giving you control options. The new side-by-side model is on display next to the previously announced dual door-in-door fridges with pocket handles and hidden access buttons.

LG didn't generate the same buzz with the Instaview that Samsung did with the Family Hub, but with a more robust lineup and hopefully more manageable prices, it could get its creative new features into people's homes faster.

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