What is LG Instaview in Kitchen Appliances

One of LG’s major smart innovations over the past few years has been its Instaview technology, which the popular brand has rolled out across several types of major home appliances.

In a nutshell, Instaview lets you knock on an opaque glass panel to access all sorts of special features, which vary by device. For example, on an LG fridge, it makes the glass transparent, allowing you to see your drinks and other fridge contents. On stoves and ovens, it allows you to see inside the oven to check its contents while cooking.

Given the feature’s growing ubiquity, let’s take a look at how this technology works and whether it’s worth the sometimes steep price hike.

What is Instagram?

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LG’s transparent LCD screen combines convenience and innovation for users, while reducing energy waste, which is an added bonus.

Not to be confused with Thinq, LG’s smart platform, Instaview refers to the technology that lets you tap on a surface and cause that surface to suddenly become transparent. While refrigerators and ovens have models that fall under the Instaview moniker, this LG technology seems to use different techniques on different products.

The simplest implementation of the Instaview app, as seen in refrigerators and most of their current ovens, relies on a mirrored piece of glass that turns on its interior lights when you tap on it. The lights eliminate the mirror effect, which makes the glass appear to suddenly become transparent.

More modern implementations of the technology use a large touchscreen and transparent LCD technology. You can access LG’s smart platform, Thinq, on the screen and also tap it to make the screen transparent to see what’s inside.

Transparent LCD screens are really where the magic happens, and it’s what’s taking LG into the future of smart cooking. These types of screens use a transparent substrate, which allows you to see through what would normally be white pixels. In the case of LG’s current Instaview products, this allows you to suddenly look through the screen, but in the future it could be used to provide dynamic overlays on your feeds, such as scanning barcodes and you to know how long he has been sitting. the shelf.

What are the pros and cons of Instaview?

The main advantage of Instagram is that it allows you to look inside the refrigerator without opening the door. Refrigerators are designed to keep cold air inside, and opening the door allows all that cold air to escape. As a result, the refrigerator’s compressor kicks into overdrive in an attempt to compensate for the energy-intensive temperature rise.

The main drawback of the technology, unfortunately, undermines this advantage for some: glass is a poor insulator. If the cold spreads throughout the day, your compressor still has to work harder to maintain temperatures. This slow temperature drain is easier to compensate for, ensuring your food is chilled more evenly, increasing its shelf life.

So, is buying an LG device with Instaview worth a higher price?

LG smart refrigerator with transparent screen.

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LG’s device technology continues to become more progressive over time and we’re optimistic about that.

If it was a few years ago, we would have answered a firm “no”: the first iterations of this technology raised the price of products by hundreds of dollars, and the functionality, while interesting, was little more what a novelty.

Now that the technology has advanced somewhat, we’re cautiously optimistic – and until we have more Instaview-equipped fridges and cookers in our test labs, that’s where we’ll have to leave it.

Today, Instaview doesn’t come with such a big price increase, and LG seems to be experimenting with different substrates that could potentially insulate better, both of which paint a bright future for innovation.

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Karl M. Bailey