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Microwave spectrometer

Analyses your food as it cooks.
 
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Caution: Might not be possible using todays technology, if possible might require equipment the size of your house...

That aside the idea is to set up a microwave oven but have it emmit on not just useful heating wavelengths but also others. It may even bounce some other kinds of radiation (as in radar and not as in gamma) around if it would help. Around the oven walls there is a spread of detectors.

The device is connected to a computer of massive power, which works out the shape, size and composition of your food. It then a) adjusts power, cooking time and concentrations of microwaves so that all of your food is perfectly cooked. And b) Tells you how good for you the food is and makes helpful recipe sugestions.

RobertKidney, Nov 07 2003

Thermo-wave - thingy http://www.halfbake...o-wave_20-_20thingy
"...detect the hottest part of the product and divert microwave energy away from these areas towards the cooler part..." [phoenix, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       Nice idea - as long it still goes "ping" when its finished - that's the most important thing.
dobtabulous, Nov 07 2003
  

       me: "Set for gerbil ... ok ..."   

       Microwave spectrometer: REGECTED!!! -- KAPOW(s'plosions)   

       still cooks croisants! [+]   

       Remember what happened to the ill-fated Gorden Freeman from Half-Life with HIS "Mass Spectrometer" incident ...
Letsbuildafort, Nov 07 2003
  

       I still want a croisant "Play Doh" mold ... for the "Little Half-Baker Playset" ... comes with bottle of sarcasm, and redi-mix pouch of humor ... refils avaliable in select regions only
Letsbuildafort, Nov 07 2003
  

       You mean pedantry? ... its a minimum system requirement ...
Letsbuildafort, Nov 07 2003
  

       Just found the thermo wave thing myself phoenix, and was about to link. The diference is that this decides where the heat is going to go before the outside is already cooked. A thermo thingy might be useful to make sure it got its calculations right though.
RobertKidney, Nov 07 2003
  
      
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