At this point it's fairly safe to say the whole concept of technology-integrated refrigerators hasn't really caught on, but certainly not because people aren't willing to drop coin on a nice new cooler. Really, it's got more to do with the fact that you simply can't upgrade anything once you've dropped that first chunk of change. Unfortunately for GE, since it was introduced last year, Whirlpool's centralpark
hasn't been much more effective at tackling that problem, despite offering up a common -- but not ubiquitous or open -- interface for fridge devices. But there is that single, revealingly-named Whirlpool GD5VVAXT to connect this year's centralpark devices to, including:
- Ceiva digital photo frame - 8-inch display, media reader, $250, looks a bit familiar.
- Brandmotion iPod dock - Guess what it does! Price not yet announced.
- Clio Vu - Dock and display mount for your Clio NXT, running Oh yeah, you don't have a Clio NXT, because pretty much no one does.
- Quartet Qnote Message Center - Simple, boring glass note taker with dry-erase markers.
Whirlpool's expansive centralpark system gets new upgrades