A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About the project
Everyone’s kitchens can be busy places and we like to leave notes for people, to have a calendar shared with others, to show photo’s, postcards, drawings and memories made together. We like to check news and weather on the way out in the mornings and use the internet for recipes, videos and just entertainment in the evenings. This fridge offers a new way to do all of these by taking a device we’ve all got already plugged in 24-7 and opened 15-20 times a day to bring all these features to your kitchen.
Product key features
The CM1 connected through your home wifi allows you to browse the web using your phone as a remote control. You could search for recipes, check your favourite sites or just browse while the stirring the food. The high resolution portrait format is very handy for browsing pages where most of the content is accessed by a vertical scrolling such as recipe sites.
The CM1 plays video from local sources or network accessible sources on the portrait screen. The orientation and location of the video is matched to the portrait screen and you can set the position of landscape playing to be top or bottom of the portrait screen. The high brightness LCD screen in 1920x1080 gives bright images at a wide viewing angle. Linked via bluetooth to a speaker system you can have the level of sound you want to accompany the videos.
Linked with your Bluetooth speakers of choice, you can access local or networked audio files and web accessed audio streams such as podcasts and radio. Control the volume, the track playing and the source of the music from your phone. See track and artist or station information on the fridge screen.
The calendar function holds a family calendar which can be linked with personal calendars. You can add events with different color coding, set reminders and expiry dates for events. You can set the view to emphasise the week coming up, today and tomorrow or the whole month. Those with the app in your household can view and edit the reminders.
Fridges are great places to leave notes as everyone goes to the fridge time and time again during the day. The CM1 notes function links with the calendar and when you add a note through your phone, you can set this to appear on the home-screen, to appear for a fixed time or even to appear at a fixed time. You can pick your color, font and size and use this on all your notes. You can set the CM1 to have notes appear when playing some media such as audio streaming but not get in the way of full screen video.
Don’t limit your kitchen gallery to the surface area of your fridge. Show hundreds photos and short videos from your phone, your cloud storage or local storage on the CM1 door. Select your favourite images for a slideshow or just leave it rolling through your forgotten moments from holidays, trips and events.
When you’ve told it where you are and what you’re interested in, the CM1 can provide you with streams of information from news and weather sources to get the info you want on screen. You can set a news or weather stream to add to your home screen so you have the information ready to read when you see the fridge.
Although the fridge is powered continuously, the CM1 screen can be set to power down at certain times of the day, after a certain period with no activity or following a press on the frame in a certain place. You can also wake it up using these controls, so it’s ready with your default screen when you head into the kitchen in the morning. You can also set the CM1 to select a specific screen, or a specific application after a defined time.
Behind everything, the CM1 is a fridge. Glass shelves, door shelves and a vegetable crisper all come in a quiet, energy efficient A+ rated device.
How do I use it?
The CM1 is intended to be easy and intuitive to use. There should be no need to spend hours configuring the device and you should be up and running very quickly. Once the wifi is configured and the phone app is paired to your CM1 you can control the features as follows.
Refrigeration settings are all on the inside of the fridge and operate as set when the power is on.
Wake and Sleep modes can be controlled with a touch of the screen frame or by the phone
Selecting applications and functions in applications can be done with the phone app using the navigation and select buttons.
Entering web-addresses, usernames or search terms can be done through the phone keyboard.
Content to view, play or listen to can be provided with USB memory stick or through access to local network drives.
iPhone, iPod and iPad running iOS 10 and beyond
Android devices running OS 6.0 and beyond
Rewards and packages
Hinge Choices are either left hinge (Right Opening) or right hinge (Left Opening)
Free shipping in the US, UK and EU. Shipping to Canada and Mexico is an additional £20. Shipping to Australia and New Zealand is an additional £100. For shipping outside of these areas please contact us for more information.
If we are lucky enough, and you are wonderful enough, to back this project to £750k or more in pledges we will provide a free Chill Media Bluetooth speaker with every CM1 that we ship!
How did we come to this? We know everyone uses one every day, it’s always powered on and it is boring. So boring we cover them up with door-panels, stickers, magnets, notes and pictures. We have been trying to make fridges more exciting since 2012.
We’ve tinkered with different fun things to do with fridges for a while, both inside and outside the kitchen. This took us to the customizable guitar amp fridge and other variations which although very cool, were not appealing or clever enough.
We loved the idea of letting you decide what your fridge looked like and we then came up with the idea of changing the look of your fridge with a massive screen. Taking up almost all of the door, you can change how you look at your fridge every-day.
We made one and then we got to see just how cool it was. There are so many things we do in a kitchen and the fridge typically plays a role in only one or two of them, keeping stuff cold and displaying notes. We thought now we’ve got a screen on a fridge, let’s use it to make life in the kitchen simpler.
We spent time and effort to get the fridge door screen to play video, photo-slideshows, browse, stream videos and music and play audio files.
This is where the prototype is now. What we need now is your support to turn this one smart fridge in to hundreds and finalize the features and functions of the CM1, so everyone can use them straight out of the box. The backers of this project will get to be included in the major project milestones and see from our updates how the project evolves. With your support and backing we can get this from a one-off which is cool to have in our offices to hundreds of people in hundreds of homes where we can find out how this works to change how people use the fridge and the kitchen.
We have one very expensive CM1 prototype and to make hundreds more to build a community of CM1 users will need large orders and large amounts of money. This is where the pledge money will go, buying, fitting, testing and shipping the rather large, rather cool items.
The prototype works well but the hardware needs refreshing to ensure we're up to date and the software needs polishing to be ready for all sorts of challenges in the varied environments it will be in, so the backers can have a really good experience using the CM1.
Nick Bortone - Managing Director
An experienced entrepreneur and engineer, Nick first conceived of the CM1 and has put loads of effort in to finding out what people wanted, how you might want to use the fridge and building a team which can make it a reality.
Alex Roskoss - Technical Manager Joining the team with a background in technology product development Alex brings hardware, software and refrigeration knowledge to the project. He's keen to drive the project to deliver the CM1 and see how people live with it.
Jonathon Stelling - Product Developer
With a keen eye for design and details, Jonathon has brought perspective and his own passion for technology to the project. Working to control the development and build a foundation for the move to production his efforts have been relentless.
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Risks and challenges
The technical challenges of the project have mainly been resolved in the development of the product prototype however some significant risks and challenges remain.
The hardware issues we anticipate with compatibility and mechanical tolerancing we are addressing by dealing with reputable suppliers with competent quality systems which allow them to consistently meet tight specifications.
The software development and testing for product release poses some timescale risks but our choice of development partners who are familiar with the hardware platforms and developing control applications reduces these risks.
Additionally the risk of supply chain delays with the large items of the project such as the refrigerator housings and large screens can be offset by the work already underway in establishing working relationships with the suppliers and logistics partners.