Visa says we’re all going to have internet-connected fridges in the future

smart fridgeBusiness Insider – by James Cook

Soon we’re all going to be buying things with our fridge. That’s what Jonathan Vaux from Visa says, at least.

We met with Vaux, an executive director at Visa Europe during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

“Your fridge will have a payment capability,” he said. “People are immediately associating [Samsung Pay] with the phone, but they’re the biggest provider of white goods and so I will have a fridge, I’m sure, that will have connected payments in it.”  

We asked Vaux whether having an internet-connected fridge in your kitchen, integrated with your bank account, is a security risk. “It depends what it’s sharing on the internet,” he said. “If I’m buying stuff through my fridge, it’s probably going to be milk … If I suddenly start to order a MacBook Air from my fridge then your fraud detection systems are probably going to start setting off some alarms.”

People have been talking about “connected fridges” for years. In fact, it’s a running joke amongst attendees at tech conferences. A Tumblr blog, F*ck Yeah Internet Fridge, collects photos and mentions of connected fridges.

In fact, here’s a BBC News article from 1999 about internet-connected fridges:

BBC News internet fridge articleBBC News

You can actually buy a WiFi fridge already, if you really want to. Samsung sells an internet-connected fridge for $3,599. It says that it opens up “a world of interactive communication and entertainment.”

Samsung smart fridge

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10 thoughts on “Visa says we’re all going to have internet-connected fridges in the future

  1. Why would you want to buy something through your fridge? Am I missing something? This makes no sense to me. Why wouldn’t you buy something through your laptop, instead of your fridge? I don’t get it.

    Isn’t that like buying something through your SHED? Why would you go outside to your shed and buy something, instead of on your laptop?

    Maybe I’m missing something.

    The article says you’d buy milk through your fridge. So then how does it get in your fridge? Magically? Like a Star Trek transporter?

    1. It’s like this. The refrigerator will order the milk because the refrigerator will be monitoring the consumption of the milk. When you get down to the last cup, an order will go into a Chinese owned dispensary in your quadrant. The milk will then be delivered by a Honduran M13 gang member who will rape your daughter on the way out. This is the future, man, and how convenient will it be to have your hemorrhoids automatically treated by your toilet?

  2. Uhmmm…no! One more electronic gadget that can be hacked, overridden, etc. I’ll stick with my old Frigidaire, thanks.

  3. If you use your refrigerator as a source of “communication and entertainment” you deserve to have it double cross you.

  4. Great. Can’t wait for my refrigerator to malfunction and try to kill me.
    Have to go all David Bowman style and start pulling out its memory circuits like Bowman did to Hal9000.
    “What are you doing Tim? This is highly irregular. Did you know your low on oraaaaaaaaannnnggggeeee juuuuuuuu………..

  5. I wonder how much it will charge you to clean itself?

    Maybe a hologram of June Cleaver will magically appear and say something like, “Ward, weren,t you a little hard on the Beaver last night?” he he he….

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