Whirlpool Centralpark Connection: Refrigerator as Data Hub, Entertainment Center

Whirlpool wants to make refrigerators even cooler, building its Centralpark port right into the refrigerator door. Centralpark is an interchangeable connection point that'll be a part of a Whirlpool line of connector-enabled refrigerators that let you park and power up a shiny collection of matching devices from Jabil and other partners.

Custom choices will include satellite radio, a Web tablet with interactive message board and family calendar, a digital picture frame, a DVD/CD player and more. The port can also charge up your existing MP3 player, cellphones or any other electronic trinkets.

Nice idea. We wouldn't mind banishing all those devices from the countertops and hanging them onto the fridge, which happens to be the house's most-central location. No word on price, but Whirlpool says it'll be shipping Centralpark this fall.

Product Page [Whirlpool, via Born Rich]
Press Release [Yahoo Finance]