Back in January, we talked about LG’s plan to implement Near Field Communication (NFC) in their range of home appliances, including refrigerators. And, now Dongbu Daewoo has successfully launched Korea’s very first NFC enabled refrigerator by using NFC chip (type – M24LR) from ST microelectronics. Christened as the Classe Cube, the fridge can connect to any smartphone via a NFC interface, thus allowing radio communication with each other. By this remote connection, the fridge can alert the users when its doors are left open, which certainly negates the common albeit harmful occurrence in many households. The radio mechanism also allows the user to control the temperatures in different sections of the fridge.
However, the convenience of the whole NFC scope goes beyond the ambit of alerts and temperature controlling to branch out to energy efficiency and remote maintenance. According to YS Jeon, Director of Refrigerator division, Dongbu Daewoo –
Integration of NFC technologies increases the intelligence of home appliances that results in higher customer satisfaction. This new connectivity strengthens the link with equipment service centers and helps optimize energy consumption based on the rapid detection of malfunctions. We will continue to work hard to launch superior products that satisfy our customers by continuously adopting competitive, state-of-the-art technologies.
Benoit Rodrigues, Memory Division General Manager at STMicroelectronics has further added –
We are excited to offer products and technologies that increase convenience and advance the adoption of wireless technologies in digital home appliances with the integration of our market-unique NFC / RFID-enabled M24LR memory device in Korea’s first NFC fridge. ST takes pride in helping its customers to develop products that make a real difference to people’s lives.