LG Replaces ‘Fridge Magnets with HDTV

Okay, our refrigerator is covered with snapshot photos of family and friends. I mean covered; apparently there is a social barometer that indicates when your photo moves off the doors and around to the side to make room for a more “door-worthy” picture. But now LG has come up with a refrigerator that may provide a permanent solution to the magnet and door-space shortage. Yesterday, the company announced the LSC27990TT that includes a 15″ high-definition LCD display built into one of the two doors.

Now, a lot of people are going to focus on the fact that this display has both analog and digital television tuners, as well as connections for cable TV and DVD inputs. And while the press release doesn’t specify the resolution, it does state high-definition resolution so I’m willing to take their word for it. But a 15″ wide format display is about the same height as a 12″ standard definition display, which is pretty small if you’re sitting a foot away from it. From across the room, having high definition in a tiny screen like that is pointless.

So while this display can provide some pretty changing colors while you listen to the news or SportsCenter as you cook, don’t expect to see much. That’s why I expect that the USB port that lets you upload your collection of family and friend photos will turn out to be a much more practical feature.