LG debuts self-opening refrigerator

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The sensor on the LG Signature refrigerator allows you to open the door with a wave of the foot.

The sensor on the LG Signature refrigerator allows you to open the door with a wave of the foot.

One would expect a slew of new electronic gadgets to be rolled out at the International Consumer Electronics Show, and 2016 is no exception, but what about a high-tech refrigerator?

As part of a line of ultrapremium products that will be called LG Signature, LG Electronics unveiled a refrigerator that opens automatically.

The Auto Door feature includes a sensor at the base of the four-door French-door refrigerator, which opens the top-right door when you wave your foot in front of it. LG says the door won’t open if the sensor detects a baby or a pet.

In addition, the refrigerator includes a door-in-door feature that lights up the inside compartment and turns the glass façade transparent when you knock on the façade. The light turns off automatically after a couple seconds if the door isn’t open. LG says this feature allows you to see what’s inside without opening the door.

LG says LG Signature products will go on sale in key markets in the United States, as well as Asia and Europe “soon.” The company didn’t specify when the products might be rolled out nationwide, nor did it give a price. Considering that LG’s entry price for a door-in-door refrigerator is $1,800, we expect this model, which also has a stainless steel interior, to cost well above that.