From Solar Eco Fridges to Poolside Beer Launchers

 - Jun 26, 2009   Updated: Apr 14 2011
This slideshow of ridiculous refrigerators and quirky coolers showcases the best in food and beverage cooling--right on time for summer pool parties and barbecues.

From party-hardy beer-launching coolers to Web-connected refrigerators, your good ol' GE may need to take a hike. Click through the cluster below to see these refrigerators and more.

Implications - The refrigerator is a standard major appliance in modern households, but consumers are increasingly embracing tech-savvy, environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing refrigerators in place of traditional, boxy fridges. Companies can take advantage of this opportunity by creating niche fridges with built-in functionality meant to appeal to a target market, whether it's environmentalists, tech addicts or DIYers.