Image Toaster will serve you toast and the photo of the day
Before you get rid of your subscription to your local newspaper, be forewarned: Scott van Haastretcht's Image Toaster is far from being able to reproduce high-resolution imagery. In fact, it has a maximum printing area of six square pixels. Sigh. But it might provide some amusement first thing in the morning.
Made for a Creative Technology university course, Scott's Wi-Fi-connected twist on the familiar household toaster will search through the Internet for images relevant to that day's date before choosing a random picture to burn onto your morning dose of carbohydrates.
It works something like this: A program converts complex images into something that can fit the Image Toaster's low-resolution capabilities. The program then relays that data to the toaster, which uses its servos and stepper motor to maneuver the bread until the selected illustration has been imprinted onto your breakfast.
Once the toaster does its thing, you'll then be able to stare quizzically at it for a moment before devouring it. Er. We'll let you know if the Image Toaster becomes more useful (and more than a student project.)