CES 2016: Whirlpool Unveils Revolutionary, Pantry-Inspired Smart Home Refrigerator

Award-Winning French Door Refrigerator is the Industry’s[i] Easiest to Organize with Unique Shelving System for More Storage

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Photo Courtesy of Whirlpool

For more than one hundred years, the Whirlpool brand has been inspired by how people care for their families and the brand is known for designing home appliances that are focused on improving how families give and get the care they need with the latest technologies and innovations – whether that means most flexible refrigerator storage for all types of family needs, induction technology for efficient cooking and easier cleaning, or laundry pairs that sense and adapt to clothes with the latest in connected technologies.

Completely and intuitively re-imagined on the inside, the pantry-inspired layout in the re-designed WHIRLPOOL® SMART FRENCH DOOR REFRIGERATOR ($3,800.00) is designed to use space more efficiently with a unique shelving system for families to fit and find all their edible favorites, making it the easiest refrigerator to organize.¹

With pantry shelves that store 30 percent more¹, the refrigerator won top honors with two 2016 CES Innovation Awards in the Smart Home and Home Appliances categories.

The market has traditionally provided stagnant, similarly spaced interiors, and has not been responding with new designs that account for which items people reach for most often,” said Shannon Blakely, brand manager, Whirlpool brand. “Based on global food trends and family observations about how they store food, a team of Whirlpool consumer researchers, designers and product engineers helped design an interior space that moves the least-used, small items out of the way to create easier access to larger items, improves visibility of all items and reduces the need for re-shuffling.”

The Industry’s¹ Easiest to Organize Refrigerator Based On A Radically New Interior Configuration,

Whirlpool® designers considered everything from the grocery store produce aisle to the modern kitchen pantry in developing this refrigerator that does more than keep food cold.

Every section, every shelf, every bin in the French Door Refrigerator was re-designed to deliver smart organization with greater access and better visibility to change the way families think about storing food. Key innovations include:

INFINITY SLIDE SHELVES line the perimeter of the fridge, so families can move small items to the edges and make room for big, high-use items front and center. The shelves are precisely spaced apart based on common sizes of food packaging so that yogurts, spaghetti jars, 12-pack soda boxes and egg cartons fit perfectly. And, they glide just as far as needed to accommodate taller items like corked wine bottles and pitchers.

INDUSTRY-FIRST “FLIPPERS” allow families to adjust the shelves up or down without having to clear the shelves completely.

— With an understanding of what families buy most, the PERFECTPLACES(TM) SYSTEM has just the right spot reserved for every item, so the refrigerator and freezer spaces no longer become a dumping ground with overflowing bins.

GALLON DOOR BINS give families the most gallon door bin storage in the industry.[ii]

— From chocolate to cheese to kid’s snacks, a SMALL ITEMS BIN and TREASURE(TM) BIN help keep the little items in clear sight.

ASYMMETRICAL CRISPERS are designed with dividers to display fresh produce like bell peppers up front, and store bags of apples in the back. The biggest crispers in the market³ were thoughtfully designed to hold common foods and packaging like unwieldy long and wide celery stalks and large plastic lettuce containers.

— A full-width “PLATTER POCKET” SHELF, which slides out entirely to get to favorite foods easier. It’s spaced from the other shelves at a height specifically for wide, flat items so families have a special spot for brownie pans, lasagna dishes and pizza boxes.

BRIGHT LED UNDERSHELF LIGHTS in the EASYVIEW(TM) SYSTEM boast 40 percent more brightness under the shelf to help illuminate even those far-back corners where half-filled condiment jars have been known to hide for years.

— The STORERIGHT(TM) SYSTEM‘s dual cooling allows for fresh and frozen foods to be maintained at the perfect temperatures using sensor technology. Dual cooling also measures humidity levels and adjusts the temperature automatically, without the need to manually adjust.

— Always be ready for unexpected guests with the ReadySet(TM) system with dual icemakers that make more than twice the ice.[iii] Continue reading

More than Two Dozen Policymakers, Regulators To Speak at CES 2016

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, announced that 27 international, federal, state and local government officials will speak at CES 2016®. Among the policymakers delivering remarks or speaking on panels: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, every member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Michelle Lee, Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Mark Warner (D-VA), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and France’s Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, Emmanuel Macron. In total, more than 160 top policymakers, regulators and staff are expected to attend. Owned and produced by CTA, CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology.Print

CES has become a must-attend event for government officials who sit at the intersection of public policy and  technology,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “CES is the ideal gathering place for policymakers and regulators to engage with the tech companies and entrepreneurs driving innovation and the global economy. As an industry, the tech sector understands the importance of showing government officials how emerging and disruptive technologies are improving our world and changing the way we live and work. And we understand the need to explain that pro-innovation policies allow for the next generation of tech breakthroughs.”

A full listing of all government officials speaking at CES 2016 conference sessions follows:

Tuesday, January 5

Hyperdata and the Mobile Future
Peter Marx, CTO, City of Los Angeles

Roadmap to FDA Approval: What You Need to Know

Bakul Patel, associate director for digital health, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA

Wednesday, January 6

FAA Press Conference featuring CTA, 3D Robotics, DJI and Google

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta

SuperSession: Insights with the FTC and FCC 

FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

SuperSession: An Inside Look: Industry Innovators and Government Join Forces

Tom Kalil, deputy director for policy, White House OSTP

U.S. CTO Megan Smith, White House OSTP

Internet of Things: Myriad Benefits and New Challenges 

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV)

Alan Davidson, director of digital economy and senior advisor to the secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill

Germany’s State Secretary for Justice and Consumer Protection Gerd Billen

When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies

Ann Barron Di Camillo, director of US-CERT, Department of Homeland Security
2016 Preview: FTC and FCC Commissioner Roundtable 

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny

FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Cyber Security Starts at the Top

Suzanne Spaulding, under secretary, Department of Homeland Security

Thursday, January 7

Beyond Smart Cities: The Future of Urban Mobility 

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx

Innovating Privacy: New Frameworks for Changing Technology

FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen

SuperSession: Global Innovation

France’s Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, Emmanuel Macron

U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)

Rules for Drones: Best Policies and Practices

Marke “Hoot” Gibson, senior advisor, UAS Integration, FAA

Managing Low-Altitude Airspace for Safety and Privacy

Parimal Kopardekar, Ph.D., principal investigator, Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM), NASA Ames Research Center

LIT Reception and Dinner

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval

Friday, January 8

What’s Next for Patents? Promoting Innovation and Preventing Abuse

U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) 

Michelle Lee, Under Secretary, U.S. PTO

CES 2016: A Star-Studded Show

Celebrity Guests To Promote Latest Innovations And Trends At Global Stage For Innovation

CES® 2016 will feature Hollywood stars, professional athletes, TV personalities and celebrity chefs discussing and promoting technology that is revolutionizing the way consumers live, work and play. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ – formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®CES 2016 is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and will run January 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas, NV.
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YouTube vloggers turned entrepreneurial powerhouses, Justine Ezarik, aka iJustine, and Joey Graceffa, will serve as Ambassadors for the Entertainment Matters Program at CES. Presented by Variety, Entertainment Matters is the CES program designed to help the Hollywood community navigate the most influential technology show in the world.

TV/ radio host, producer and entrepreneur Ryan Seacrest will participate in a headliner conversation with Bob Pittman, chairman and CEO, iHeartMedia during the Entertainment Summit, presented by Variety, on Thursday, January 7, from 2:15-2:45 PM in the LVCC, North Hall, Room N258.

The C Space Storyteller conference track features actor, entrepreneur and radio/ TV personality Nick Cannon and celebrity Chef Morimoto. Morimoto will share his story on Tuesday, January 5, from 2:45-3:15 PM, while Cannon returns to CES on Wednesday, January 6 from 4-4:30 PM to reveal how digital media has influenced his brand and enabled career-changing opportunities. Both events will take place in ARIA, Level 1, Pinyon 5.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and studio analyst for Turner Sports Shaquille O’Neal, will participate in the Tech Investing in Sports conference as part of the Sports Business Forum, presented by Turner Sports. The session will be moderated by CNN news anchor Brooke Baldwin on Thursday, January 7, from 11:30 AM-12:10 PM in Venetian, Level 2, Hall D. O’Neal will also participate in the NBA on TNT Live Broadcast with host Ernie Johnson, and fellow analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. The broadcast will take place on Thursday, January 7, from 4-5 PM in Venetian, Level 2, Hall D and is open to all CES attendees.
 
The Sports Business Forum also will host The Commissioner’s Panel on Sports and TechnologyRobert Manfred, commissioner of the MLB, and Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA, will participate in a discussion moderated by Turner Sports studio host Ernie Johnson on Thursday, January 7, from 9-9:40 AM in Venetian, Level 2, Hall D.

Under Armour will host a plethora of athletes and Olympians at their booth (Sands, Hall C, #74316) including: Tony RomoMichael PhelpsBuster PoseyCal Ripken Jr., Georges St-PierreDeion SandersNastia LiukinJake Dalton and Brandon Wynn.

The founder of The Chopra Foundation, Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D., will participate in Harnessing the Power: Precision Medicine and Genomics, part of the Digital Health Summit, presented by Living in Digital Times. The session runs Thursday, January 7, from 1:45-2:45 in Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4303.

ABC’s Shark Tank and CEO, FUBU and Shark Branding Daymond John is among the panelists in the Making Disney Magic: Connecting Digital and Physical Worlds SuperSession, presented by the Consumer Technology Association, on Thursday, January 7, from 1-2 PM in LVCC, North Hall, Room N257.

Actress and singer Christina Milian will be at Monster’s booth (LVCC, Central Hall, #9405) on Friday, January 8, from 12-3 PM to discuss her relationship with Monster and her latest endeavors.
 
Retired NBA players Larry Johnson and Larry Nance, and retired Vincentian-American NBA player Adonal Foyle will all make appearances at ZTE’s booth (LVCC, South Hall 3, #31706) between Wednesday, January 6 and Friday, January 8.  The NBA National Championship trophy will also be on display at ZTE’s booth all day Thursday, January 7.

Celebrity magician Penn Jillette is partnering with Withings to discuss his recent weight loss – not with any of his famed magic tricks but with a strict diet, exercise and use of several smart, connected devices from Withings. Jillette will reveal his secrets at Withings’ booth (Sands, Hall C, #74300) on Thursday, January 7, at 11 AM.

Hell’s Kitchen Season 10 finalist Chef Dana Cohen will present a cooking demonstration at Haier America’s booth(LVCC, Central Hall, #12814) every hour from 10 AM-4 PM Wednesday, January 6Friday, January 8.

NFL legend and FitStar personal trainer Tony Gonzalez will be at FitBit’s booth (Sands, Halls C, #74108) for photo opportunities on Wednesday, January 6 from 1:30-2:30 PM.


Actress, best-selling author and activist Jenny McCarthy will conduct a live broadcast of her Sirius XM show followed by an autograph session at FCA’s Uconnect booth (LVCC, North Hall, #3534) on Thursday, January 7, from 1-3:30 PM.
 

CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for almost 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM – formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® – the technology trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.