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11 Extreme Toasters for Your Breakfast Pleasure

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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


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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Improve Your Chopping Skills With This Knife-Cutting Board Hybrid
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Chopping ingredients properly is an impressive skill, and for those who haven’t mastered it yet, this part of the cooking process can be a pain. Luckily, it is possible to do your slicing and dicing without the awkward hand positions and frequent slip-ups. All you need is a knife that stays attached to the board where you’re doing the cutting.

Spotted over at Mashable, spéciale is a high-quality walnut cutting board that comes with a 17-inch Damascus steel knife built in. Whether you’re breaking down fruits, vegetables, cheese, or charcuterie, the blade can rotate across the board as you cut while the tip stays fixed in place. This leaves one hand free, so you don’t have to pause to put down your glass of wine before the chopping starts.

The designers focused on aesthetics along with functionality, so when the board is not being used in the kitchen it doubles as a serving platter. And after you’ve had a chance to enjoy the fruit of your labors, you can pop the knife off the board for easy clean-up.

Spéciale recently wrapped up a campaign on Kickstarter where it raised more than $150,500, and prior to that it debuted on Indiegogo, where it raised nearly $170,000. The product is still available to order through the Indiegogo page for $195.

[h/t Mashable]

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Retro Games Limited
The Commodore 64 Will Return as a Mini Console With Dozens of Games
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Retro Games Limited

Today’s video games may be more innovative than ever, but that doesn’t stop many from returning to the old-school games that remind them of their childhood. Following Nintendo’s massive success with the NES Classic in 2016 and the SNES Classic in September, the Commodore 64 is set to be the next vintage gaming device to get a miniature makeover. As Nerdist reports, Retro Games Limited will release a plug-and-play version of the 1982 bestseller in 2018.

The C64 Mini will be half the size of the original Commodore 64 computer and will feature 64 retro 8-bit titles, including Impossible Mission, Armalyte, Paradroid, and California Games. The kit will include a joystick, an HDMI cable for hooking up the console to your TV, and a USB power cable for charging it.

The console will have two USB ports that can be used to connect an extra joystick or plug in a full-sized keyboard to use the C64 Mini for simple coding. This could be especially useful when you get bored of the pre-loaded games and want to program a new one of your own from scratch.

The C64 Mini is set to retail for around $70 when it hits shelves in 2018, making it $10 cheaper than the newly-released SNES classic. Retro Games also plans to revive a full-sized version of the original Commodore 64 to sell in 2018. For an idea of what that might look like, check out this classic Commodore 64 how-to video from 1982.

[h/t Nerdist]


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