Refrigerators Manage Inventory.
On Wednesday, in the most unlikely place, DEMOfall 07 in San Diego, Calif., I struck up a conversation with Adam Metz, a media releations person at LaunchSquad, who attended the show representing Attendi, a New York startup founded by i33's Drew Rayman.
Metz mentioned during the interview that he and his wife have plans to remodel their kitchen in summer 2008, and contemplated installing an RFID-equipped refrigerator. I believe it's the first time I had heard of someone seriously considering taking the plunge.
Excited with the news, I decided to write a blog. Metz says he's looked at several companies manufacturing refrigerators with embedded RFID technology.
In January, engadget ran a blog about Samsung prepping an RFID-enabled refrigerator that manages to keep a tally on the amount of food remaining in the containers, as well as send a shopping list to the owner's cellular phone, something on Metz's wish list.
Fleshner and Kim LLP applied for a patent update for an RFID-enabled refrigerator in January, too.
The abstract reads: Refrigerator that manages food by using RFID including a plurality of storage portions divided in the refrigerator for storing food, RFID devices each having storage information of each kind of food stored in the storage portions, and controller for reading the storage information and setting up the storage portion which maintains a storage condition suitable to the storage information read thus, thereby permitting easy storage of food in a storage portion having the storage condition by using the RFID device.
Although not for commercial use, AmerisourceBergen's ASD unit announced a new application enabling real-time tracking of specialty drugs at hospitals with an RFID-enabled refrigerator, according to analysts at Robert W. Baird.
When drugs are removed from the refrigeration unit, ASD receives an alert that enable rapid replenishment for low supplies. It also allows hospitals to keep a close eye on drug expirations. About 50 hospitals use the application. Blue Vector appliances provide the alerts and network management, and RF Code supplied the tags and readers.