Student invents toaster with colour sensor instead of timer

It’s one of life’s most annoying problems; how to get perfect toast without it burning. It was all a matter of guesswork and fiddling about with knobs before 21 year old student – Basheer Tome grew irritated with having to put up with sub standard toasted bread, and decided to invent a toaster that took out the guesswork. Tome has designed a toaster that can toast a slice of bread to a person’s exact preference, by using a colour coded chart.

The Hue Toaster and Basheer Tome

This new toaster does not work in the way conventional ones do. It does away with the traditional timers and instead works by a sensing method, situated inside the device, that ensures you get the exact colour of toast you want, and without a burn slice in sight!

Student Tomes has named his new device the Hue smart toaster, which can offer a selection of varying darkening shades of toast, to whatever the user prefers.

The bread is placed into the toaster where an electronic screen on the machine displays the colour of the slice as it is. You then see a circular touch-display screen which is your chance to choose which colour of brown you want your bread to be toasted.

The toaster even shows you the colour it will be when cooked. Once the bread has been placed in the toaster, it then gets to work to brown the bread, and relies on an array of sensors either side, which ensure that the heating device inside remains on until your bread is the exact shade.

As the darker the shade, the longer the bread will take to toast, some colours will obviously be longer than others but there is an outer ring of lights which help to show how many minutes it will take.

As part of the sensors is an electronic ‘eye’ that keeps a check on the tone of the toast as it cooks, but if you wanted one for Christmas you are out of luck, as at the moment, the Hue Smart Toaster is just at the concept stage. Tomes however hopes that someone will spot his invention and want to help with the mass manufacture of his product.

Apparently several cardboard prototypes were made before the Hue toaster was completed. The final prototype is made of aluminum, steel and double-paned glass.

Tomes, a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, U.S., said: “The project started as a quest to make toasters easier to use. I found out that a transparent glass toaster was really a popular idea on the internet but was never created due to a lot of practical issues. It’s because people don’t trust their toaster and have no predictable way to communicate with it.

The majority of toasters measure toast based on time yet with very little consistency between brands, models, and different toasters which makes it tricky. Most people don’t know which numbered setting is right on the first attempt. After a bit of brainstorming I ran into the idea of using colour since that’s normally how people work out how ‘done’ their slice of toast is.”

Pictures courtesy: BPNS.co.uk

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