The Refrigerator

Companies have been working on smarter refrigerators for years. But I'm too lazy to scan in every item so the fridge can text me later when something's out. However, Whirlpool's ( WHR) Smart Appliances added something actually useful to its new lineup. The Smart Side-by-Side Refrigerator minds the electric company's peak hours to conserve energy and save power-hungry chores like running the defrost cycle for off-peak hours. It'll also send a text if someone left the fridge door open. (I'm hoping they're working on my suggestion for the app to also physically nudge the door shut remotely.)

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