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Egg and Muffin Toaster: just like ... errrr

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September 5, 2005

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September 6, 2005 One wonders just how much influence the MacDonalds franchise chain has had on the human grazing habits of the planet during the last few decades. We’d hazard a guess at A LOT. Anyone who has ever spent time with children will realize how effective MacDonalds has been at accessing the collective pin-number of the next generation and it’s been an institution long enough to have fond memories for the last generation and even the one before that. Which is why, we hypothesise, gadgets such as new Egg & Muffin Toaster exist.

Comfort food is relative, and for a large proportion of the community that was raised on modern fast foods, this little baby delivers the goods in under four minutes at home. On a purely functional level, it can simultaneously toast two slices of bread, (or English muffin, bagel, croissant, etc), cook an egg (poached or steam-scrambled), and warm a pre-cooked slice of ham or sausage ... or any combination of these three functions.

The toaster's intelligent "Egg/Toast" function directs the steam cooking and toasting to complete at the same time. The Egg & Muffin Toaster also features wide toasting slots, an auto shut-off for individual toasting and poaching options, an easy-to-clean control touchpad, light to dark toaster settings, and the ability to boil up to four eggs. It also includes cord storage and a removable crumb tray for easy cleanup. The product goes on sale to the public later this month at US$50.

Now if they could get one of these things to do the french fries just the way they serve 'em at MacDonalds ...

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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