The Best Thing to Happen to Toast Since Sliced Bread

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... Or maybe just a really funny idea.

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Do you make toast in the morning? Do you look at the weather forecast? IMAGINE a world in which you could accomplish both of these onerous tasks in one easy step.

Yes, that is the dream of someone going by the username of "Uroemer" who has entered this bold "idea" in the Ideabird M2M Innovation Contest, a competition put together by "an amazing group of companies including Deloitte, Deutsche Telecom, HYVE and The RWTH-TIM Research Group ... with prizes worth over $10,000, [for the] wildest and best ideas for tracking anything - people, animals or objects of any size."

Uroemer's plan is to build a toaster that "receives the updated weather information for its current location via m2m or WLAN and burns 'today's weather forecast' via template as an icon on your slice of toast."

Let the naysayers of progress chew on this! The future is finally, finally here.

(And yes, that is the photoshopped toast that they submitted to the contest.)

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Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

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