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Korean company Samsung is this week set to unveil new smart fridge that connects to the user's smartphone to provide them with SMS alerts and information on the food inside their fridge, including when it goes out of date.

Continuing the Internet of Things (IoT) trend that promises to push online connectivity into household appliances, Samsung's fridge is an all-singing, all-dancing machine with a 21.5-inch 1080p display on its door, speakers for listening to music, and even a camera inside to watch food expire in real time. Users can leave each other notes, display recipes and monitor the food intake of other family members — or roommates.

Samsung even promises the fridge will hook up to other IoT appliances through the company's SmartThings platform. Compatible devices will connect up to the fridge, transforming it into an all-in-one hub for controlling various switches and lights throughout the house.

This fridge will be among other new products set to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas. Dozens of big brands such as Samsung and Huawei will officially unveil new products, from smartphones to drones and fitness trackers.

Another item scheduled for unveiling is a TV that can be rolled up like a newspaper. This 'rollable' TV is part of LG's presentation.

Some of the highlights of the OLED lineup of displays LG is bringing to CES include a rollable 18" OLED, you can treat just like you do with a regular newspaper. There is also a 55" paper-thin OLED TV, made possible because all circuits are installed separately. Finally, 65" concave/convex model of the paper-thin TV is also expected to make an appearance.

LG will be introducing a double-sided 55" OLED panel, capable of displaying different images on each side.

Ford expected to use the forum to confirm their partnership with Google on driverless cars. With Google is behind much of the hype surrounding driverless cars, the Internet search giant claims its engineers have driven over 1 million miles testing this technology. 

Ford will license Google's self-driving software on a non-exclusive basis, and the two companies will jointly test vehicles on public roads. It will take the form of a joint venture, in order to shield both companies from the legal liability concerns that have emerged as the greatest threat to self-driving technology.

With Ford as a partner, Google may well be able to avoid the high fixed costs needed to establish a low-margin automobile manufacturing infrastructure.

Ford will get a leg up on the self-driving software that its larger competitors, such as Toyota, have already begun to invest huge amounts of money in.

Driverless car technology could help reduce the scourge of the estimated yearly 1.2 million deaths blamed on automobile accidents. The evidence also suggests driverless technology could have long-term environmental benefits.

CES is the largest event of its kind, and today marks the beginning of the major press conferences, where the likes of Ford, Samsung, Huawei and Sony will announce their upcoming projects.

The first official events of the convention took place on Monday in Las Vegas, with "CES Unveiled", a media-only preview show of thousands of new products, being hosted in the city.

Apart from the big brands, many smaller start-up firms were invited to exhibit their innovations in a special zone called "Eureka Park" with the hope of enticing new investment through showcasing their products.

According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA, the CES organiser, more than one billion US dollars has been raised in funding by start-ups at the show since 2012.

Gary Shapiro, the head of the CTA, said: 
"We are in the middle of a revolutionary wave of innovation where game-changing ideas are springing up from small companies and entrepreneurs all over the world.

"We are proud to host some of the most brilliant minds in emerging technology at Eureka Park.

"We continue to be wowed by the success stories coming from these innovative start-ups as they present potentially game-changing concepts and prototypes to an eco-system on the CES show floor designed to help these start-ups grow and thrive.

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