Much is said about the decor of kitchens. As important as it is to include the perfect paint colour and just right backsplash, it is even more crucial to have appliances which work.
One of the hardest working kitchen appliances is the microwave. It is the cookware workhorse of the kitchen being assigned a range of tasks which would have taken at least five separate appliances in years before.
As hard as the humble microwave works, it sometimes fails to completely heat your food. The outside can often be boiling hot while the inside remains ice cold. But this may soon be a problem of the past with one inventor working to ensure no food is ever unequally heated again.
Engineer Mark Rober, who has worked on the Mars Rover among other very cool projects, has turned his attention to perfecting the microwave. He installed an infrared sensor in the top of the microwave and a screen in the door.
How it works
The screen on the door of the microwave will show the food warming up, changing from blue to red to yellow. When it is evenly warmed it will appear white.
Rober tells Gizmodo: “According to all my testing once you are evenly heated on the outside then it meant you were good on the inside. Whenever it was still cold or even just room temp there was some kind of uneven heating on the outside still.”
An idea is for the microwave to know when the food is properly heated and switch itself off. Another plan is to sync it with your smartphone so you can add more time from another room.
His prototype is called the. He’s not calling for funding but he is asking people to sign a petition on his website so potential investors hear about it.
In a video on the website, Rober complains about the microwave’s lack of innovation during its nearly 50 years. “‘[The microwave] has pretty much remained unchanged since its inception in 1967. And that’s a shame, because there are quite a few sucky things about it.”
His biggest gripe was not knowing whether the food had been sufficiently heated or not. “Basically, unless you stop the microwave and pull your food out to inspect it, there’s no way to tell if it’s done just right.”
There’s no news yet if a potential investor has picked up on the concept or how much the microwave would sell for.