If someone needs extra RGB lighting in their life, then you have come to the right place with the new MoodUp refrigerator from LG. The refrigerator, which the South Korean electronics giant announced at this week’s IFA in Berlin, has LED light panels on the front that can illuminate in more than a dozen different colors (22 for the top panel, 19 for the bottom). There is also a built-in Bluetooth speaker (I know).
You control the light panels via LG’s app, where there are a range of preset color schemes to suit different seasons and moods. But, of course, you can also take full control and make a deliciously ugly kitchen color scheme your own. I got to see such horror at a personal demonstration on the show floor, and it was quite a bit.
(For some reason, LG chose to display the MoodUp refrigerator demonstration with a mirror on either side at a 45-degree angle, making it look like there are three refrigerators in the photo below.)
Where it gets really interesting is when you pair these light panels with the fridge’s Bluetooth speaker, where the panels can flash in time with the music. You know how everyone jokes that the best house parties always take place in the kitchen? Well, LG takes that quite literally.
From a more functional perspective, the MoodUp is loaded with sensors that flash if you accidentally leave one of the doors open, or light up automatically to direct you to a midnight snack.
It’s an interesting response to Samsung’s range of Bespoke refrigerators, which come in a range of different colors to match the style of your home. Starting earlier this year, Samsung will also print custom graphics on the front for an even more personalized look. The nice thing about LG’s take on this colorful design is that you can change the colors of your fridge with a tap. When not lit, LG says the fridge offers a combination of gray and white color schemes “for a more traditional look.”
Oh, and the LG MoodUp doubles as a refrigerator, with LG promising “advanced cooling and smart technologies for better freshness and more convenience.” LG’s press photos show MoodUp refrigerators that are one or two doors wide, and there’s also a model with a window in the refrigerator door that lets you see the contents from the outside. There’s no word on pricing or a release date, in case you’re really interested in buying this thing.
Photography by Jon Porter / The Verge