Cambridge Consultants has created a new toaster, called Toastz, which it claims will not burn toast.
The product design group is yet to sign a deal with any manufacturer, but it is currently in discussion with a number of potential partners.
Via a touch-control mechanism, the machine lowers and raises bread, frozen or fresh, into the toaster. It uses an air stream device in the toaster’s lid to detect when the toast is ready.
This in turn is monitored for caramelised particles produced during the toasting process.
The Toastz’s lid doubles in function by keeping the toast warm once it has finished toasting.
Cambridge Consultants senior designer Paul Brown says the idea for the new product resulted from “a recent close encounter between burning toast and a smoke alarm. After working on a variety of technologies, a prototype was constructed, a patent registered and our model built.
“We are currently discussing the design and key technologies with several leading manufacturers,” he says.