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It's a toaster - with a built in digi-cam!
Using tiny, point-sized heating elements, the toaster burns a (mono) image taken with the built-in camera onto the toast!!!
Also prints e-mail (toast-mail?) messages. Remembers birthdays and anniversaries.
Toasts a weather symbol onto your bread. Uses stencils rather than a complex element. [st3f, Oct 04 2004]
This now exists
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||croissant with a picture of a croissant on it for you.
||Let me just burn that + up there for you.
||I thought this was going to be a camera in a toaster to let you see how brown the toast was without spoiling the timing. I'm slightly disappointed, but I really do like this.
Could you connect it to a computer? If so how would it be connected? USB? or would you have to keep the breakfast theme and go Cereal?
||Didn't someone experiment a while
back with an internet toaster that got
the days weather from the internet and
toasted an appropriate symbol onto
your breakfast bread? I'll see if I can
find a link... (a link appears).
||I wonder how high a discernable
resolution you can get out of the
average slice of wholmeal.
||I was thinking the same thing as [silverstormer], however
a reminder of birthdays/aniversaries would be good.
Maybe the date as well as I tend to forget that. +
||i'm going to bun this... I forsee it now this morning my toast pops up it reads "happy birthday!" ^^
Atleast my toast remembered my birthday
||woot!!! i love it!!! >_> who needs a significant other when your toaster remembers stuff about you...i'll marry your toaster! [+]
||ok, I'm for any thing that makes
toast, so here is your buttery
toastable, but since the camera is
built into the toaster it will, for the
most part, be limited to photos of
things in the kitchen. Much as the
first thing copied with any new
copier is the manual, I want to
burn the image of my untoasted
bread into the toast. That or my
face so I can see if I forgot to
shave. For the Atkins dieters you
could burn some distasteful image
(assuming the image of a plain
piece of bread is insufficiently
disgusting to them.)
||OH, and I have another application
for this. Consider diners as the
early adopters of your technology.
In the restaurant trade there is, I
am told, the convention that wait
staff make their own toast to finish
off breakfasts. Since they shouldn't
stand around waiting for toast,
there is the eternal problem of
toast pilfering by other wait staff...
So the Toast cam is aimed at the
wait person who loads the bread.
Now it is obvious who's toast it is.
And the customers can stop
bothering the wrong waiters as
they have a handy little portrait on
their plate. You could also burn in
the waitperson's name too, I
123 with love by Kitty,
pay your server..."
solves two other problems this
way, what was her name ("OH
LAYDEEEE!") and how do I pay?
||hahahaha...one of the best ideas ever!!!
||If you didn't mind a little burnt, you could have the full color range, from uncooked to black!
||If a hot poker was run back and forth, lifting for light, and pressing down on the toast for dark, you could probably get reasonable resolution! Could have a small grid of needles than moved along the toast...pressing down whichever needles to complete that portion of the picture.
||+ I like this and I like toast. (I only recognize a few
'bakers' names here, if we had the toaster, we could see the others!)
||Aha - I was more thinking along the lines of an inkjet type setup, with ink dots taken from various toast condiments. Say, yellow from lemon butter, black from vegimite, red from, um, a chutney of some description, green from gherkin spread - the possibilities are endless. I got all excited thinking that was it - a full colour edible ink printer for toast.
||Your greyscale low resolution version is so like 80's.
||I love it! I was going to buy a Hello Kitty toaster (toasts the image of Hello Kitty) but now i want one of these instead. It would be great if it had appointments for the day as well eg. Dentist 3pm today.
||Awesome. This is not a toast cam. It's a toast printer.