About your future smart fridge

Commentary — This tiny detail caught my interest in John Dvorak’s latest column on those silly ideas that never seem to die:

According to the CEA paper, refrigerators will have bar code readers that inventory your food. How much food do they think people stuff in the refrigerator that it needs a computerized inventory system? Besides, it’s mostly the fruits and vegetables that you have to keep track of since they spoil, and I’ve never seen bar codes on celery.

Good point. But then, being somewhat inept at house-keeping myself, I actually could use a fridge that would take care of having food delivered to my place without any input from me beyond my tastes. Let’s see… Suppose we swap the bar code system for shape-recognition, smell-recognition, and so on to determine what’s in the fridge… Wouldn’t that make more sense?