Brown and serve

I own a perfectly ordinary toaster from Montgomery Ward, which should give you an idea of just how old it is. If I remember correctly, I bought it in 1982; Wikipedia says that the Wards logo it bears was dropped after 1982, which means I might actually be remembering correctly.

So I’ve had this one toaster for a quarter of a century. If you know me, you know that this isn’t exactly a startling revelation: I tend to take the term “durable goods” seriously. To get me to give it up, you’d have to come up with something like this:

Transparent toaster

It’s not ready for prime time just yet, though:

This idea is based on a transparent heating glass technology. Although the glass does not currently get hot enough to toast bread, the vendor explained with some R&D this application may be possible. The concept was developed by the Inventables Concept Studio.

Someday maybe I’ll get to drop an unfrosted blueberry Pop-Tart in between the panes, during the times when I’m not watching this Origami DVD Player.

(From Ananova via Popgadget.)


  1. Brian J. »

    23 January 2008 · 12:22 pm

    I’ll wait for the 2.0 version which can char the Virgin directly into the bread instead of having to fool with applying masking tape to the bread.

    Of course, that will seriously impede my eBay profits by driving the prices of miraculous toast down, but all in all, the world will be a better place.

  2. View From The Porch »

    24 January 2008 · 7:34 am

    OMG! That is one drop-dead sexy…


  3. Billy Hollis »

    24 January 2008 · 8:48 am

    At first glance, I thought it was a paste-up for a parody piece – the iToaster, from Apple.

  4. Mike »

    24 January 2008 · 9:33 am

    This is marvelous! When it finally goes on sale, people will be able to watch toast turn brown! This is way better than viewing the evaporation of volatile components from thin films of pigmented liquids…..

  5. CGHill »

    24 January 2008 · 7:57 pm

    I’m just bemused by the fact that more than a third of Tam’s readers actually clicked on her link to look at this gizmo.

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