Have you ever experienced that moment in a grocery store, you have no idea what was in your fridge, and what to buy to prepare a meal? What if a fridge "knew" what it was storing, and what if it could automatically recommend you recipes on the ranking of the freshness of the ingredients in it? What if a fridge can automatically order items that you are about to run out of? What if a fridge knows the food you like, the recipes you collected? A smart fridge, an affordable housekeeper!
Making recommendations based on what is due there in the fridge, learn how to cook the dishes via the recommendated recipes, post your favorite dishes to the website and browse others' similar dishes. Reward the users once in a while if they eat healthy!
For the food that is not shopped from the fridge shopping list, user might need to scan in it separately. I envisioned such a concept, and then prototyped a first step. I used a raspberry pi, a barcode scanner, and Google Weave to build a smart scanner that can make any fridge aware of what it stores. A user simply scans the barcode of the product that goes into the fridge. The rasPI looks up details on the barcode, and then adds it to a database. It tracks for how long an item is in the fridge, and then automatically sends alerts when an item is about to go bad. Google Weave provides easy and secure connectivity with a smartphone app that I can use to manage all this remotely. Of course this will be replaced by a barcode scanner in mobile.