11 Extreme Toasters for Your Breakfast Pleasure

Who doesn’t love toast? Make your fresh bread all warm and crispy and ready to hold butter, jam, bacon lettuce and tomato, or even cream chipped beef. And with these high-tech, artistic, and even silly toasters, everyone will want to make toast in your kitchen!

1. V-shaped Toaster

Zlil Lazarovich of Cargo Collective designed a toaster that makes v-shaped toast. Why would you ever want v-shaped toast? My guess is that it might be good to keep some runny toppings from falling off. A video at the product’s webpage shows peanut butter and jelly on the two sides of a v-shaped piece of toast and the satisfying “snap” that makes it into a sandwich.

2. NES Toaster

DeviantART member MyBurningEyes built a working toaster inside an NES game console. Invite a friend over for a few games, let him admire your retro equipment, than serve him some toast -you just scored some serious geek points.

3. VHS Video Toaster

If you don’t have an old NES laying around, you probably have a VCR. For you youngsters, that stands for video cassette recorder. It played VHS tapes, but since those are obsolete, you may as well make yours into a toaster. Find out how to do it at Instructables. There’s even an optional feature to make the finished toast say VHS. Of course, in the comments, someone had to claim that Beta toast is better.

4. Transparent Toaster

The Bugatti Noun from Italy is one high tech toaster. Not only is it beautifully made of transparent ceramic glass, the glass is covered by a semiconductor film that can reach 300 degrees! It not only makes toast, but can roast meat and vegetables, as long as they are in a baking bag to prevent spills. The Bugatti Noun is available only in Europe, and is expected to go on the US market in 2015, but it will cost you around a thousand dollars. Considering how clean the window on my toaster oven is, I can imagine it might be hard to keep this as transparent as it should be. 

5. The Toaster of Loki

DeviantART member Tobias-Dawson is a metal crafter. He modified a toaster with intricate metal designs and called it the Toaster of Loki, which brings hot toasted bread and joy to Valhalla. A royal breakfast indeed!

6. Volkswagen Microbus Toaster

You won’t find this toaster in stores; Volkswagen Japan gives out limited edition Volkswagen toasters to its loyal customers. The more recent promotional toasters just say Volkswagen on them, but in the past they were shaped like the classic VW Microbus (called a Minibus in Japan). It even toasts the VW logo onto your bread! You can find them on eBay, although the rarer, older toasters will cost a pretty penny.

7. Darth Vader Toaster

Do you like your toast on the Dark Side? Then maybe you need the Darth Vader toaster. Earlier Star Wars toasters just stamped a logo on your toast, but this one does that while sitting on your counter, looking like the Sith Lord himself. You can order one from BigBadToyStore, but it is not a toy -it’s a kitchen appliance, and should be used with adult supervision.

8. Selfie Toaster

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hotograph by Galen Dively.

There are toaster all over that burn an image into your toast. Now we have one that burns YOUR image into the toast! Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation invested in equipment that can cut metal by computer, and the software to turn your face into a metal-cutting pattern. Read how they do it at Mashable. You can order your selfie toaster with or without your picture on the appliance itself.

9. Dot Matrix Toaster

Photograph by Staudinger+Franke.

The Zuse Toaster by Inseq Design is a small computerized appliance that feeds bread through and toasts it in pixels, line by line, like an old dot matrix printer. A memory chip stores the 12x12 pattern, which can be changed. Sadly, it doesn’t appear that the Zuse toaster was ever put into mass production. It might have been too expensive, or maybe the novelty factor couldn’t overcome the untoasted white space on the bread.

10. A Simple Toaster

Photograph by Oded Antman.

Maybe these toasters are too complex for your taste. Adi Zaffran took things back to basics with his design for a simple pita bread toaster. He made a traditional brick oven out of a cinder block wired with electricity that just heats a couple of iron bars. And it works!

11. Trebuchet Toaster

A trebuchet is a medieval machine used to fling objects, such as globs of burning pitch, over the ramparts and into the strongholds of the enemy. The modern version will fling toasted bread. The Trebuchet Toaster has an adjustable angle and adjustable power settings, so you can calculate the highest, furthest, or most annoying barrage of toast. Although it doesn't exactly work on the same principle as a medieval trebuchet, the outcome is similar. Toast is flung. Can breakfast be any more fun?

This concept gadget is part of a set, The Brunch Collection from Dutch designer Ivo Vos. Another featured concept is the vise that holds and measures your bread while you cut. And there's a place mat that tells you exactly where to put the plate and cutlery. None of the other can hold a candle to the Trebuchet Toaster. Coolest Gadgets posits the idea of using the Trebuchet Toaster as an alarm clock. Just add a timing mechanism, and aim the toast at your sleeping head from across the room. GearCrave sees people aiming this to get the toast to the plate without touching it.

I can envision a home with two of these. The kids set them up in the living room and pop toast at each other until their parents send them to bed. Then the parents take the toasters back to the kitchen and proceed to do the same! If this ever goes into mass production (which doesn't look probable), it will be bigger than the Salad Shooter. Both are handy for food fights, but if you have to eat your ammo, toast will always trump salad.

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The New MacBook Has a Crumb-Resistant Keyboard
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Soon, you won’t have to worry about ruining your Macbook’s keyboard with muffin crumbs. The 2018 MacBook Pro will feature keys specifically designed to withstand the dust and debris that are bound to get underneath them, according to Digital Trends. The keyboard will also be quieter than previous versions, the company promises.

The latter feature is actually the reasoning Apple gives for the new design, which features a thin piece of silicon stretching across where the keycaps attach to the laptop, but internal documents initially obtained by MacRumors show that the membrane is designed to keep debris from getting into the butterfly switch design that secures the keycaps.

Introduced in 2015, Apple’s butterfly keys—a change from the traditional scissor-style mechanism that the company’s previous keyboards used—allow the MacBook keyboards to be much thinner, but are notoriously delicate. They can easily become inoperable if they’re exposed to dirt and debris, as any laptop is bound to be, and are known for becoming permanently jammed. In fact, the company has been hit with multiple lawsuits alleging that it has known about the persistent problem for years but continued using the design. As a result, Apple now offers free keyboard replacements and repairs for those laptop models.

This new keyboard design (you can see how it works in iFixit's very thorough teardown), however, doesn’t appear to be the liquid-proof keyboard Apple patented in early 2018. So while your new laptop might be safe to eat around, you still have to worry about the inevitable coffee spills.

[h/t Digital Trends]

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A New App Interprets Sign Language for the Amazon Echo
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The convenience of the Amazon Echo smart speaker only goes so far. Without any sort of visual interface, the voice-activated home assistant isn't very useful for deaf people—Alexa only understands three languages, none of which are American Sign Language. But Fast Company reports that one programmer has invented an ingenious system that allows the Echo to communicate visually.

Abhishek Singh's new artificial intelligence app acts as an interpreter between deaf people and Alexa. For it to work, users must sign at a web cam that's connected to a computer. The app translates the ASL signs from the webcam into text and reads it aloud for Alexa to hear. When Alexa talks back, the app generates a text version of the response for the user to read.

Singh had to teach his system ASL himself by signing various words at his web cam repeatedly. Working within the machine-learning platform Tensorflow, the AI program eventually collected enough data to recognize the meaning of certain gestures automatically.

While Amazon does have two smart home devices with screens—the Echo Show and Echo Spot—for now, Singh's app is one of the best options out there for signers using voice assistants that don't have visual components. He plans to make the code open-source and share his full methodology in order to make it accessible to as many people as possible.

Watch his demo in the video below.

[h/t Fast Company]

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