Toaster tech hasn't really advanced in the last 100 years. Yes, we now have pop-up toasters and models with fancy digital timers, but the actual toast making abilities haven't changed much since the early 20th century. The Hue toaster from student inventor Basheer Tome aims to fix that by being the smartest toaster you've ever seen.
Tome realized that toasters are dumb, and the numbers on the toasting level dial really don't mean much. While one toaster will burn your bread at level 5, another one might need you to drop the bread in twice to get the job done. The Hue toaster is different in that it uses photo sensors to determine the color of the bread as it toasts, and once it reaches your pre-selected level of doneness, it pops up the perfectly toasted slice for you.
The great thing about this is that it automatically varies the toasting time depending on what you drop in the slot. So if you use a frozen slice of bread straight from the freezer, Hue will first thaw the bread then continue operating until it's toasted. Thicker slices of bread and bagels that sit closer to the heating elements and therefore toast faster are no problem either.
Tome designed Hue for a fall project in his undergraduate industrial design course at Georgia Tech. I just hope some appliance manufacturer has the good sense to move his brilliant concept from the prototype stage into production.
Check out the gallery to see some of Tome's early prototypes, along with the final product, below.