November 14, 2010

The transparent toaster



Here’s a kitchen gadget that has me intrigued; it’s a transparent toaster. If you’ve already ordered the stylish-looking transparent radiator, then this gadget is a must have.
I’m always burning toast, either because the bread’s too thin, the timer’s too long or too short (too short I run the toaster a second time and still burn the toast), but with this gadget even I can’t go wrong.
With a transparent toaster in the kitchen I can watch the bread turn a perfect golden brown colour and hit the button when it’s ready.
There’s only one slight problem though. I found the toaster via the excellent Gizmodo blog, and followed the link to the product page. As the page was loading I noticed the url contained the words “Concept Studio” and thought “Uh oh…” Sure enough, the thing’s only a design concept and not a working device. The problem is that at the moment they haven’t found a glass that will get hot enough to cook the toast.
I’m wondering how they got the cool idea though. I’ve heard that people on the Wacky Baccy are often quite partial to toast, and looking round the Inventables Concept Studio website, I’m seeing some evidence that they regularly get partial to a bit of toast too…. haha just kidding guys.
Anyway, I want one of these transparent toasters! There must be an answer to the problem; maybe using a sintered glass and an external, infra red laser might do the trick. The laser’s not a bad idea because you can scan the laser across the toast to get the perfectly uniformly toasted bread. A rastering, infra red laser might be expensive though.
I’ve got a feeling ordinary quartz can withstand temperatures exceeding 1000 C. Anyway, if there are any materials scientists out there that can turn this concept gadget into a working toaster – be sure to drop us a line!

29 comments:

  1. Aw man, I wish I was rich and had money to blow on stuff like this. I love toast with coffee in the morning - the breakfast of kings!

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  2. This is really quite something! As a toast-addict, this would be right up there with the Hello Kitty! toaster on my wishlist.

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  3. i dont see how this is probable... how does the toast get hot?

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  4. Here is how it works : http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20080601/the-dyson-transparent-toaster-leaves-your-toast-exposed/

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  5. Haha yes, now I'll never burn my toast.

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  6. To be honest, I'm happy with toasters the way they are... not knowing how burnt the toast is gonna be when it pops up is half the fun!

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  7. the concept of the whole toaster is amazing. its sleek and very trendy.

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  8. OMG; transparent? things you dont need but they look fun. :D

    though cleaning this thing isnt really fun... :D

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  9. I really want to see it happen, I always thought it was magic... heh

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  10. That looks, and sounds, really awesome.

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  11. a watched piece of bread doesn't toast.


    or was that a kettle..

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  12. They should invent a toaster that can measure the "brown-ness" of the bread....

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  13. what - pyrex gets hot enough for a toaster it has a melting temp of 2000F - you can bake a lasagna in it so I'm sure you can toast in it.

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  14. that toaster looks pretty cool... good idea

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  15. cool toaster, but looks way expensive

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  16. If this did other things, like those mini pizzas, I would be interested.

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  17. Damn, this is a genius idea, I never would have considered this and it makes complete sense

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  18. Having just glass like that would be pretty dangerous... it would
    1. get too hot and people would obviously touch it bare handed
    2. glass under extreme heat is bad, am i wrong :p

    we can only dream :\

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  19. Omg!! This thing is sooo cool!! Can't wait until it's available for me to purchase!! haha!

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  20. So many damn amazing ideas come out of these concept studios, but how many of them do we actually see make it to the shelves?

    There should be a studio that picks a few concepts a year and aggressively pushes for their realization and production.

    Oh, and I want that toaster. Just thought I should mention that.

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  21. This would be a cool thing to own at some point. But I don't really see myself being the kind of person to spend 3-5 minutes watching my bread being transformed into the perfect piece of toast.

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