This Microwave Plays Videos as You Cook

It helps you kill time as you heat up last night's pizza

At the PennApps Demo Hackathon, some participants decided to hack their own microwave and hook it up with an iPad. Supposedly, the iPad taped onto the microwave (or, μWave) will find a YouTube video to entertain you as your food cooks, timing it so the cute puppy video ends when your food is ready.

There are a couple hiccups, as demonstrated in this demo video, but the team only had two days to build this, and the concept is brilliant. If this gets mass-produced, we can spend our lunch time watching pet raccoons eating at a dinner table. (Mothers everywhere will still tell you not to stand in front of the microwave, however.)

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