The patent's assignee for patent number 8523375 is
News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Embodiments relate to a refrigerator in which light is emitted through the front surface of a door.
"In general, refrigerators are apparatuses which store food at a low temperature in storage spaces formed therein, and cool the insides of the storage spaces using cold air generated through heat exchange with a refrigerant circulated through a refrigeration cycle, thereby keeping the stored food in an optimum state.
"These refrigerators trend towards large scale and multifunctionality. At present, refrigerators having various structures and convenience devices in consideration of user convenience are on the market.
"Further, since designs as well as functions of refrigerators are important factors to sell products, refrigerators having various colors, textures, and patterns have been developed.
"Among these refrigerators, there is a refrigerator in which the front surface of a main body or the front surfaces of doors are made of tempered glass to bring about aesthetic appreciation as well as to express various colors and textures."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Additional aspects and/or advantages will be set forth in part in the description which follows and, in part, will be apparent from the description, or may be learned by practice of the invention.
"Therefore, it is an aspect of the embodiment to provide a refrigerator which emits light in connection with opening and closing of doors.
"It is another aspect of the embodiment to provide a refrigerator which uses a small number of light emitting diodes as a light source.
"It is a further aspect of the embodiment to provide a refrigerator which is provided with jewel members reflecting emitting light and thus being brilliant.
"Additional aspects of the embodiment will be set forth in part in the description which follows and, in part, will be obvious from the description, or may be learned by practice of the invention.
"In accordance with one aspect of the embodiment, a refrigerator includes a main body, storage chambers provided within the main body, and doors to open and close the storage chambers, each door including a front glass forming an external appearance of a front surface of each door, a light guide member disposed on a rear surface of the front glass, a light emitting device disposed at the outside of the light guide member to generate light toward the light guide member, scattering members provided within the light guide member to scatter the light of the light emitting device transmitted through the light guide member, and transmitting parts provided on the front glass corresponding to the scattering members to transmit the light of the scattering members toward the front surface of each door, wherein the light emitting device emits light in connection with opened and closed states of the doors.
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