Order around this Samsung refrigerator with your voice

This fridge only exists to serve.

Home appliances may not be the most exciting side of CES, but every year massive companies like LG and Samsung show off weird additions to the vast range of refrigerators, washing machines and other exciting devices. Take Samsung's "Family Hub 2.0" refrigerator, for example: This massive monolith has a 21.5-inch touchscreen built into it for playing video and audio, leaving your family notes and to-dos, ordering groceries, looking up recipes and much, much more.

However, if Alexa and Google Home have taught us anything, the days of having to physically interact with our devices are coming to a close. Samsung is right on that curve: You can talk to the Family Hub 2.0 fridge and ask it to do a handful of tasks for you. That includes adding items to a grocery list or shopping cart in InstaCart, checking out using your voice, launching apps like Pandora, and having the fridge read back recipes to you.

In some ways, this makes a lot of sense. The kitchen is often a dirty place, and being able to have a hands-free assistant is definitely useful. Of course, for the vast majority of people, it'll make way more sense to spend $180 on the Amazon Echo rather than spend upwards of $5,000 on a new fridge whose "smart" features will be out of date in a few years. But hey, if you're building a new kitchen and want the fanciest fridge you can get, this is certainly a contender. That said, I might rather have LG's Alexa-enabled refrigerator instead.

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