USB-Integrating Fridge ChillHub is on Display at CES 2015

By: Alyson Wyers - Jan 7, 2015
References: firstbuild & psfk
Debuting at CES 2015, ChillHub is an open-source refrigerator and the first of its kind. Supported by design community platform FirstBuild, the smart fridge connects to wifi and has USB capabilities.

This allows it to connect to smart home systems such as Nest. Its makers hope to expand on the project by adding components like a butter softener compartment, auto-fill water pitcher and food scale/weight sensor in addition to a deodorizer, external speakers, temperature modules and voice control among others. Not oven counting the two existing USB hubs (resulting in eight USB ports total), ChillHub has a total of 55 proposed components, some of which have been prototyped.

The result of a collaboration between General Electric and Local Motors, the refrigerator represents a new class of smart home appliances.