Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/09/11/wacky_toaster/
Net-talking toaster to burn news onto bread
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Many things have appeared on toast: Marmite, Vegemite, jam and even Cylons . Now a designer’s invented a toaster that can burn pretty much anything onto your morning slice, including the news.
The Scan Toaster: toasts news, weather and pictures onto your bread
The Scan Toaster connects to a PC over USB and downloads everything from local weather conditions and the current time to the morning’s news headlines.
Individual modules (left) are heated and moved about (center) to create the on-toast image
Inside the toaster is a network of toasting “modules”, each heated by a hot wire. Each module can move by 30° and, once the user selects what they want on their toast - excluding a topping, of course - the modules align themselves and burn the appropriate content onto the bread.
The appliance is a finalist in design competition run by manufacturer Electrolux and designer Sung Bae Chang said he got the idea whilst - you guessed it - making some toast.
No plans to manufacture the toaster on a mass scale have popped up yet.