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Pixel Printing Toasters

The Image Toaster by Scott van Haastrecht Combines the News with Breakfast

— March 17, 2013 — Tech
The Image Toaster, created by Scott van Haastrecht, is a cooking device that combines the news with breakfast.

Haastrecht came up with this concept for a Creative Technology course called Innovation Lab. His aim was to liven up morning meals by incorporating pixelated imagery onto toast. Thus, he created the Image Toaster, an appliance that prints a daily image relevant to the date. For instance, on Valentine's Day you would wake up to an 8-bit heart on your toast.

The device searches the Internet for images related to the date, as per Google, and downloads it onto the bread in 6 x 6 pixels. The Image Toaster is sure to resonate well with foodies who seek to add a little character to their morning meals.
Trend Themes
1. Connected Breakfast Appliances - Manufacturers can explore the use of internet connectivity for breakfast appliances to create new and exciting offerings.
2. Personalized Food Gadgets - There is an opportunity for companies to create personalized food gadgets that cater to consumers' individual tastes and preferences.
3. Innovative Food Decoration - The development of innovative food decoration techniques can create new markets for food and kitchen gadget companies.
Industry Implications
1. Kitchen Appliance Manufacturing - Kitchen appliance manufacturers can explore innovative ways to incorporate technology into their products to create new customer experiences.
2. Consumer Electronics - Consumer electronics companies can expand their product portfolios by including breakfast/food gadgets that deploy technology to enhance the dining experience.
3. Food and Beverage Industry - The food and beverage industry can explore opportunities to collaborate with kitchen gadget companies to create unique products that appeal to customers looking for new dining experiences.
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