January 8, 2008

Whirlpool Enhances High-Tech Fridge

Whirlpool Corp unveiled the centralpark Connection refrigerator this weekend during a press conference at CES in Las Vegas.

This new fridge will include new functions previously unavailable to the consumer market: a digital photo frame, an iPod speaker system and WiFi-equipped touch-screen tablet computer that shows movies and lets users look up recipes online.

The fridge is available at Best Buy and hhgregg for $1,999, Whirlpool said Monday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The Ceiva digital photo frame, available now, costs an extra $249.

The iPod dock and speakers from Brandmotion, a tempered-glass message center and the Clio Vu Wi-Fi-equipped removable computer, all will be coming out later this year. The Clio Vu computer will feature Cozi, a free organizational software and Web service.

The Quartet Qnote message center, by Acco Brands, sounds like a high-end dry-erase board. It features surface lighting, a digital clock and a sliding storage drawer.