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Microwave looks up cook times on the internet

Cook times accessed via the internet
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A Microwave equipped with a bar code scanner and an internet connection. You could scan in your frozen dinner's UPC code, then the cooking instructions could be downloaded via the internet from a database and then be read back to you. Microwave computer voice - "Remove the plastic from the brownie and tater totts and place dinner in microwave." Then the Microwave would automatically know the correct power and time settings and would start to cook the meal. You wouldn't have to touch a button or do anything.
Brandon B, Jul 07 2003

Short article on the MS Home http://houseandhome...MicrosoftHome0.aspx
The bar-code equipped microwave which sets cooking times based on the item scanned is mentioned in the last couple of paragraphs. [bristolz, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Microwave Dinner Bar Codes http://www.halfbake...inner_20Bar_20Codes
very similar idea by [crayfish], also see links here for a real-world prototype by Samsung [krelnik, Oct 04 2004]

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       Beware of burnedpopcorn.exe! and kids switching the barcodes. I like this Idea, though. Maybe you could have a re-stock button as well.
Zimmy, Jul 07 2003
  

       This is baked in the Microsoft home.
bristolz, Jul 07 2003
  

       I'd even be happy if it set it's own clock using the internet.
Worldgineer, Jul 07 2003
  

       But cats don't come with barcodes...
RayfordSteele, Jul 07 2003
  

       Eggs don't either and the author doesn't specify a way to indicate quantity or mixed "recipes", both of which would effect cooking time.   

       Is it really easier to have the microwave read you the directions for your microwave dinner rather than do it yourself? I just don't think I'm that lazy.
phoenix, Jul 07 2003
  

       I think that's a little harsh, [dag]. Have pity on the singles. Or have you forgotten what that was like?
k_sra, Jul 07 2003
  
      
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