Brainwave Desktop Microwave detail

Like some kind of technogenetic hybrid, this nifty new desktop device blends the best elements of a toaster oven, high-tech miniature microwave and low-tech food printer (more on its scanning capabilities in a bit). It is the ultimate (not-for-cooks) geek gadget designed for cooking ready-to-eat meals when you are too busy to even leave your desk – it even looks like a piece of computer hardware, perhaps a printer or scanner, and yes: it has a USB port for plugging it in like anything else in a geek workspace.

Brainwave Desktop Microwave diagrams

But why all of the technology for a simple little microwave oven? Do not let the small size fool you: this innovative idea (dubbed ‘Brainwave’ by its designer, Stephen Gates) is a bit more complex than just another tiny appliance, and certainly smarter than even your standard full-size digital oven.

Brainwave Desktop Microwave

The broader concept includes an RFID-tagged plastic spoon (or fork) with every meal suited to the system, which in turn can be scanned along the side of the microwave to let it know what meal it is suppose to prepare and how. It might not be green, but it sure is fast and efficient for workaholics with little time to cook a real meal in the middle of a busy day at the office.

Brainwave Desktop Microwave button

“Final Year Degree Project 1 – The Brainwave Desktop Microwave is a computer peripheral device which generates a social comment on researched evidence that office employees are working more hours each year due to the escalating pressures of modern working life. Tackling the issue of reduced lunch breaks, the product offers quick nourishment in the form of a hot meal to give sufficient energy to successfully complete the day.”

“The Brainwave Desktop Microwave is a computer peripheral device which generates a social comment on researched evidence that office employees are working more hours each year due to the escalating pressures of modern working life. Tackling the issue of reduced lunch breaks, the product offers quick nourishment in the form of a hot meal to give sufficient energy to successfully complete the day.”