London: Imagine your home refrigerator cleaning itself, offering up recipes depending on whether you prefer something Italian or fancy a spicy curry, cutting down on left-overs, and automatically re-ordering fresh food.
Well, your imagination may soon turn into a reality,thanks to British researchers who claim to be designing such a 'fridge of the future' which could help you save precious time in today's hectic life.
According to them, the fridge of the future would be able to automatically place supermarket home delivery orders when required and move food near its use by date to the front of the shelves, the 'Daily Mail' reported.
In fact, a joint team from the University of Central Lancashire and online supermarket Ocado are working hard to make such a fridge available in the market.
The planned new features include the ability for fridges to scan their shelves to see what is in stock and use this information to both plan meals and automatically place a supermarket food order, say the researchers.
The smart fridge will use "nano-articulated technology" shelf surfaces which, whilst smooth to the touch, will have millions of independently controlled micro-tiles which will manoeuvre products which soon need to be eaten to
the front of the fridge.
The fridge will also monitor gases released by degrading foods and push these to the front of its shelves,according to the designers.
Ultrasound-scanning technology built into the door will allow the fridge to "swipe and capture" the food on a plate before and after mealtime, meaning it can assess what type and amount of food is wasted.