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Should 'Smart' Appliances Stay Dumb?

January 29, 2013

As the digital age continues to expand, consumers get the pleasure of seeing older appliances mix with emerging technology. Sometimes this is a blessing, as nowadays some refrigerators, washers and dryers have been designed in such a way that they use less energy more efficiently than ever before. That's a good thing.

But sometimes manufacturers take a Frankenstein's monster approach to integrating the modern technology with older appliances. For instance, a $4,000 refrigerator from Samsung at the recent Consumer Electronics Show has a touch screen and WiFi.


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