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Viral Video Appliances

The uWave Plays Youtube Videos While You Wait for Your Food to Warm

— November 22, 2011 — Art & Design
It may be a rush to judgment, but I am declaring the uWave the microwave of the future. The uWave is a microwave designed to play YouTube videos while your food warms. The microwave matches your cook time with the highest rated YouTube video of the same time to ensure that your two-minute Ramen soup cooking session is as entertaining as possible.

The uWave was designed by a team of University of Pennsylvania students competing in the PennApps hackathon. The uWave uses a tablet computer and some ingenious coding to match your cook time to a YouTube video. While the uWave looks like something MacGuyver would invent, I still stand by it as the microwave of the future. The world has become one that is dominated by a need for entertainment at all times. If people watch YouTube on the bus, in the car and at work, then why wouldn't they watch it in the kitchen?
Trend Themes
1. Entertainment Appliances - There is an emerging trend of appliances, such as the uWave, that provide entertainment features to enhance the user experience.
2. Customized Content - The uWave's ability to match cook time with YouTube videos highlights the trend of personalized and tailored content.
3. Multifunctional Devices - The uWave demonstrates the trend of appliances integrating multiple functionalities, combining cooking and entertainment in one device.
Industry Implications
1. Consumer Electronics - The consumer electronics industry can explore opportunities to develop more entertainment-centric appliances like the uWave.
2. Home Appliances - The home appliances industry can capitalize on the trend of providing customized content by designing appliances that offer personalized entertainment options.
3. Kitchen Appliances - The kitchen appliances industry can tap into the market for multifunctional devices by incorporating entertainment features in their products, similar to the uWave.
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