We have spent the last decade seeing once independent devices slowly converge into one; the calculator, altimeter, telephone, music player, handheld gaming device, digital camera, and more were once standalone products. They are now just a part of a smartphone. Well, it’s conceivable that the same thing could happen with our home appliances, and the first few steps in that direction can be seen in GE’s new Café French Door refrigerator. It looks just about the same as a regular fridge, but comes with an integrated Keurig brewer in the door. Simply pop a K-cup into the receptacle, and the LCD touchscreen will present you with the familiar brewing options that the standalone machines normally give you. A minute later and voila, fresh brewed coffee! GE’s connected fridge also allows you to set brewing times through an application, so that water can be pre-heated the moment you wake up, ready to infuse your morning brew without a moment’s wait.
Seeing as fridges also already make ice, it’s tempting to imagine a future where they also gain something like microwave capabilities. Heck, we can even envision a fridge with a toaster… Or maybe we’re just getting carried away. In any case, the Café French Door refrigerator will go for $3,300 and be available around Fall.