iPod fridge-freezer by Gorenje

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Slovenian domestic appliance brand Gorenje has developed a fridge-freezer with a built-in iPod docking station and speakers.

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The product, launched at the IFA 2008 consumer electronics fair in Berlin this weekend, allows users to listen to music while cooking, browse online recipes or watch cookery videos.

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See the kitchen designed by French designer Ora-Ito for Gorenje in our earlier story.

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Here's more info from Gorenje:

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Berlin, August 31 2008 – The IFA 2008 international fair, one of the world's largest consumer electronics fairs, opened today. For the first time this year, it also includes the HOME APPLIANCES@IFA exhibition which will feature all major household appliance manufacturers, including Gorenje. Gorenje's flagship innovation is undoubtedly the "Made for iPod" refrigerator the development of which is based on a license contract signed with Apple to acquire the right to use their technology in Gorenje appliances.

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The fridge freezer with built-in speakers and a docking station for charging an iPod touch enables listening to music or playing back video contents ranging from music videos to video recipes. This combination is paving the way for new dimensions of cooking which is thus becoming an entertaining activity tailored to the preferences of the contemporary users.

Gorenje signs a contract with Apple
Fridge freezer "Made for iPod"

Gorenje signed a license agreement with Apple for the use of their technology in Gorenje refrigerators. Resulting from this cooperation, a unique combination of the iPod device and Gorenje fridge freezer was developed, offering the best of both. The license also includes the use of Apple logo "Made for iPod". This innovative – previously unseen – combination that made its debut at the world's largest consumer electronics fair IFA 2008 in Berlin is yet another result of Gorenje's fruitful innovation. The new project is intended to bring the use of household appliances closer to the contemporary consumer and show how modern information technology can make their use both simple and fun – just the way the user of tomorrow wants them.

Unique combination of electronic entertainment device – the cult iPod touch – and a modern fridge freezer from Gorenje opens up new dimensions of living, fun, cuisine, and household tasks. Specially designed and developed Gorenje fridge features a docking station that enables charging the iPod, playing back music and video through built-in speakers, and connecting to the world-wide-web, if wireless connection is available in the kitchen. iPod has conquered the world, and new Gorenje appliances with interactive functions are conquering contemporary kitchens as they anticipate and set new trends.

The revolutionary wi-fi interface for touch control, paired with the world's most popular music playback device, enables searching, browsing, or downloading contents from the internet, and enjoying music, TV shows, movies, or video podcasts. The combination of the cult playback device and refrigerator thus extends the pleasures offered by each of them. The sound is played back through built-in speakers, while video is displayed on the iPod screen. Wireless internet connectivity complements the functionality of the high-tech refrigerator as various household tasks and appliance operation becomes simpler and above all, more fun.

The users can browse and display recipes in text or video format, check the instructions for washing the clothes or – in addition to their favorite music – listen to tips related to household tasks. Gorenje also launched the development of a web portal iGorenje which will offer various contents related to cooking and other household tasks. The portal will be optimized for display on the iPod touch and other mobile devices.

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  • bombastik

    can totally see sticky fingerprints on both screen and black finish – hahahaha!

  • zuy

    After commissionned french hype and virtual designer Ora Ito, Gorenje signed a license agreement with Apple for the use of their technology Ipod in
    the black color trendy Gorenje refrigerators.So they donnot need advertising campain to sale to hype and tech’s buyers…

  • zuy

    gorenje ipod fridge = 300000 pages on google

  • thcpet

    another useless item

  • bokem

    very useful

  • Me

    This has got to be the largest i.pod accessory.

    “Here’s a fridge to go with that!”

  • ro

    Portrait videos … good one
    (yes i’m being sarcastic)

  • Will

    Very Cool

  • zuy

    the problem is blogs selected not the red dot award produt ,not the +x award product but the ipod fridge for geek buyer, the swarovski frigde for bling bling faux luxe…

  • AM

    Quite pathetic….a perfect chavvy appliance……

  • k.rimane

    STOOPID!
    spelled the way it is pronounced

  • m-nik

    it would be nice to get one when you buy an ipod

  • esa

    the only agenda is money, its just another weak idea its like diluted water.
    whats next an ipod toilet seat, or no wait me me (said excitedly, and a bit loud)…what about ipod oven gloves, completely pointless and crap but will sell to some confused person to give to their mom on mothers day????

  • http://dailydesignspot.com jonathan@dailydesignspot

    so when they come out with a new model of ipod you get a new fridge? i mean.. sure.. why not? but really.. i dont think many people will be buying this.. maybe a small and affordable version for dorm rooms or something.. if you want to work with this idea contact me (creative commons.. haha)

    jonathan
    dailydesignspot.com

  • zuy

    designeast , a good blog by Martin Zampach designer, gives us a larger view of this slovene company N°8 in Europe
    http://designeast.eu/index.php?s=gorenje

  • One

    There s something by ex-yogo’s attempt to materialise our ‘old’ future vision.

  • omar

    DOUBLE SIDED TAPE!

  • JuiceMajor²

    I can’t see this selling very well. For a start, the design is not very well integrated into the fridge. Look stick on to me!

    Plus can’t I just get one of those dock speaker already available in the market and just stick it in the kitchen? They look better and cheaper!

  • eduardo

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

  • Xit

    Complete and utter BS, this was posted/designed just as provocation.

  • davide

    Dear Gorenje, since I’ve been a good boy, for Christmas this year I’d like to have an iPod docking station on top of my shower tap and on my toilet backseat…

  • puckfly

    A true “Chindogu” merely lacking wit, esprit, innocence and intelligence… and compensating all of this with a big portion of banality.
    If it weren’t so sad I’d laugh my head off…

  • http://www.zibelka.si/blog Karmen

    Not only kitchwen’s videos and music. Or recipes.

    Gorenje extended its convenient contents by adding a test version of wireless (WiFi) control of some household appliances via a home server to which the appliances are connected. Various mobile devices (mobile phones, PDAs, iPod Touch, laptops, etc.) which have already become a part of our standard carry-on equipment can be used to connect to the iGorenje portal and remotely control an oven or a home washing machine; in the future, other electric appliances in the household will be added.

  • Lski

    very interesting :D

  • zuy

    eastern europe is very creative :D

  • Alex Holmes

    God, what utter junk!

    I can sense that every WAG worth her salt will be ordering one ASAP to compliment their diamante encrusted kitchen work-tops.

  • romana

    look at it wider. it’s not just about the usability for ipod alone, which for music alone is not a big deal, but in the future might include many other useful things as controling the oven (turn it on before coming home), washing machine, drapes, tv, radio, garage doors etc. like Logitech Harmony controls for example.
    and is not the point of now, but the future, and who CAN do it and who DID it first.
    i think Gorenje is cool.

  • mama

    Just what the world needs. When are we going to stop this consumer frenzy nonsense? I love the idea of standing for hours in front of a fridge watching “cookery videos” on a tiny screen. It’s not enough that Apple has indoctrinated a whole generation of consumer gadget robots who don’t care about the quality of sound – they now trying to stop us from enjoying food too. Hurry hurry, step right up and come to a dinner at my house – instead of eating yummy food, getting drunk and talking rubbish all night long we will gather at the fascist temple of ipod fridge and stare at a gadget for hours on end until our eyes & ears hurt. 3.5 inch + 16kbps bliss for the senses. Who needs food? iRobots don’t.
    (The black powdercoat finish on the fridge looks crap by the way)

  • http://www.dagarchitects.com Kubrick

    you’re putting us on……right?

    by the way…mama…you may want to sit down for a few minutes while I fetch you a glass of water…

  • mounsey

    you can watch porn while cooking or eating how fun!!!???????

  • Davidmont

    what a waste of brain cell…