Here’s an interesting idea: a microwave with a connected barcode scanner that reads and executes instructions for cooking food — driven by a Raspberry Pi. And what did maker Nathan Broadbent decide to cook in the introduction video? A raspberry pie, of course!
He was inspired by a Reddit thread titled “Food items should have QR codes that instruct the microwave exactly what to do. Like high for 2 minutes, let stand 1 minute, medium 1 minutes…”
Since food packaging already has UPC barcodes, it made sense to use a barcode scanner and and online product database.
Some features of Nathan’s improved microwave:
- Re-designed touchpad
- Nicer sounds
- Clock is automatically updated from the internet
- Can be controlled with voice commands
- Can use a barcode scanner to look up cooking instructions from an online database
- The microwave has a web page so you can control it from your phone (why not), and set up cooking instructions for products
- Tweets after it’s finished cooking something