CES 2012: LG's Must-Have Smart Appliance Feature of The Year: Blast Chilling [Video]

By Wesley Fenlon

In the future, your beer cans get cold in only five minutes!

Your beer will never be warm again. Of all the worlds LG's R&D could have imagined and created, this is the one we get: a world in which smart refrigerators use Blast Chilling to turn 12 ounces of lukewarm beer into 12 ounces of frosty refreshment. At the same time, those refrigerators can lay out diet plans for the entire family and talk to every other Wi-Fi-capable LG smart appliance in the house.

Here's a taste of the kind of revolutionary refrigeration technology you can look forward to in your future: "Quick chilling is enabled by Jet Flow and Swirling Structure, which decreases the temperature and distributes the chilled air throughout the chiller compartment," LG said.

LG's smart fridge features are coming close to being useful, but they're still too reliant on manual data inputs. Example: you can see a list of every item in your fridge on your smartphone, but you have to put that data into the fridge's touch panel or scan grocery store receipts. Blast Chilling is fun in a totally excessive sense, but slim justification for purchasing a new fridge for $2000+.

LG's other smart home appliances fit into the same luxury field. Want a Roomba you can drive? Get a Homebot and vacuum remotely with your smartphone! Or just use a real vacuum cleaner. Want a washing machine you can control from your PC? Get an LG TurboWash! Or take 30 seconds to set up a spin cycle. The smart appliance industry is clearly going strong, but we can't quite imagine a world in which we need them just yet.