ChillHub: The open-source smart refrigerator introduced in CES 2015

ChillHub smart refrigerator by FirstBuild_1

When there is all this talk of smartness, why should your ever-trusty fridge be left out of the fray? Well, the ChillHub from FirstBuild, fulfills this quotient of advancement, by being the world’s first open-source smart refrigerator – and, it made its debut at Las Vegas, in CES 2015.

Of course, before delving into the features of the $3,000 ChillHub, one should understand – what exactly is a smart refrigerator? To that end, the design boasts of a built-in Raspberry Pi card-sized computer, dual USB hubs (with total of eight USB ports) and WiFi connectivity. In essence, this ‘power-train’ fuels the fridge to connect to home-based systems like Nest, which in turn translates to better efficiency, and hence saving of energy bills.

ChillHub smart refrigerator by FirstBuild_2
28-cubic feet of storage space

However, beyond its ‘smart’ credentials, it is the open-source side of affairs that really tickles our fancy. In this regard, it is the flurry of modules that can be connected (or fixed) to the ChillHub that transforms it into a really special device.

For example, FirstBuild’s very own Green Bean module allows the fridge to remotely communicate with other ChillHub accessories. The ambit in turn plays its vital role for attachable components – like the Milky Weigh. This 3D printed scale accessory connects to the refrigerator via a USB port, and then provides you with regular updates on the quantity of milk you have consumed.

ChillHub smart refrigerator by FirstBuild_3
Two 4-port USB hubs and iOS-compatible app in Wi-Fi-enabled refrigerator
ChillHub smart refrigerator by FirstBuild_4
Milky Weigh 3D-printed scale
ChillHub smart refrigerator by FirstBuild_5
Milky Weigh measures & notifies about the amount of milk left in the container

ChillHub smart refrigerator by FirstBuild_6

As a matter of fact, there are a whopping 55 accessories proposed for the ChillHub, and hosted on FirstBuild’s community. Some of these components are already available for retail in FirstBuild’s online store, while others can be made for free with detailed instructions downloadable at Thingiverse.

Via: CNet

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