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Tech Lab

Smart appliances help run your household

LAS VEGAS — As usual, Internet service is lousy here at the Consumer Electronics Show. It got so bad that visitors to the LG Electronics display were asked to turn off the Wi-Fi on their cellphones so LG’s refrigerator could have a friendly chat with a nearby stove.

Grilled chicken was on the menu. The fridge confirmed that it had all the necessary ingredients inside, then signalled the oven to start warming up. I could have watched TV while it was heating — the oven can flash a message on the screen when it reaches the correct temperature.

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