A built-in infrared camera means this new microwave reveals when your dish is properly cooked. So no more undercooked ready meals, then? Hot stuff
You’ve never seen a microwave quite like this before.
This one has been designed to show your food changing colour on a heat map, allowing you to tell when it's hot.
Created by Mark Rober, a former Nasa engineer, the Heat Map Microwave has an infrared camera inside which monitors the food being cooked.
A screen on the front of the microwave displays the image. As the food cooks, it starts out blue (while it’s cold), works its way to red as it heats up and finally turns white when the food's ready.
Rober said: “The microwave has pretty much remained unchanged since it’s inception in 1967 and that’s a shame because there are quite a few sucky things about it.”
The biggest problem, he says, is that it’s tricky to tell exactly when food is cooked.
He added: “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.”
Using Bluetooth or a wifi network the microwave can also send the heat map to your phone, so you can monitor your cooking from the comfort of your sofa in the living room. Yes, really.
You can even choose to add another 30 seconds if the food isn’t cooked through.