Keeping track of what’s in a refrigerator is always difficult, regardless if you’re standing in front of it, or pondering what you have when at the supermarket. Consumers often purchase duplicates of things they already own, products expire and rot without being removed, which proves the existing shopping and storage experience less than satisfactory.
An invisible interface, only activiated by touch, would sit within the stainless steel of the refrigerator door to keep track of what a consumer has, down to the remaining weight, size, expiration date, and its physical location. All data would link to a mobile device so when at the store, the consumer knows what they need, and what to leave behind. Inventory would be updated upon scanning receipt at the cashier.
Step 1: It starts at the store.
Your grocery store knows exactly what inventory they've sold from the moment your groceries are scanned for purchase, right? So why can't I take that same data, and have it upload to my refrigerator as I check out?
Step 2: Your fridge updates itself the minute a purchase is made.
It will know exactly what's coming home, how much each product weighs, what the expirations dates are, location of purchase, the listed ingredients and their net-weight. No manual input necessary.
Step 3: Cook more efficiently.
Now you have the ability to cook depending on what's available, what allergies your guests have, what's running low, or what's about to expire.