32 votes

The antique microwave oven that's better than yours

11 comments

  1. [3]
    Omnicrola
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    This was delightful and now I want one of these.

    This was delightful and now I want one of these.

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      mrbig
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      This channel is a treasure trove my friend. His videos on VHS, Beta, and laserdisc are like the techie nostalgia holy grail.

      This channel is a treasure trove my friend. His videos on VHS, Beta, and laserdisc are like the techie nostalgia holy grail.

      5 votes
      1. Adys
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        I think he meant the microwave, but I certainly wouldn't mind a Technology Connections guy for my new kitchen.

        I think he meant the microwave, but I certainly wouldn't mind a Technology Connections guy for my new kitchen.

        5 votes
  2. babypuncher
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    I like how he loves this microwave for almost the opposite reasons he loves the Sunbeam Radiant Control Toaster. This microwave uses a highly advanced (for the time) embedded computer and dot...

    I like how he loves this microwave for almost the opposite reasons he loves the Sunbeam Radiant Control Toaster. This microwave uses a highly advanced (for the time) embedded computer and dot matrix display to drive it's unique features. Meanwhile the toaster relies on some simple physics and clever engineering to provide a better toasting experience than any newer toaster with modern digital electronics could ever hope to achieve.

    5 votes
  3. [6]
    Thra11
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    Call me a Luddite, but I don't think it's a good interface at all. I prefer the microwaves which have really, really, simple controls, usually just two dials, one to set the power, and one to set...

    Call me a Luddite, but I don't think it's a good interface at all. I prefer the microwaves which have really, really, simple controls, usually just two dials, one to set the power, and one to set the time. I don't want to spend ages browsing through menus trying to guess which of the foods that the microwave designer (who probably lived in a different country, with different foods, or possibly some of the same foods, but different tastes in how they're cooked) liked to cook is most similar to what I'm cooking.

    For me, a microwave is a tool, and as a tool it has two simple variables and a quasi-infinite number of different uses. Trying to enumerate all those uses is just pointless and makes the interface unusable.

    Also, cooking popcorn on the hob:

    • costs a tiny fraction of the price of microwave popcorn
    • is easier (it's much harder to burn it)
    • is less wasteful as it doesn't involve packaging individual portions in non-recyclable composite materials.
    • allows you to choose your own flavourings
    4 votes
    1. [5]
      mrbig
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      Well, the microwave in the video seems to have been localized for recipes and ingredients commonly found in the United States. If that was not the case than yes, many functions would be useless....

      Well, the microwave in the video seems to have been localized for recipes and ingredients commonly found in the United States. If that was not the case than yes, many functions would be useless.

      The interface doesn’t seem that complicated, it’s only a matter of getting used to it.

      I’m sure you’re not required to use menus just for simple stuff.

      2 votes
      1. [4]
        Thra11
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        It has 21 buttons! 21 buttons! I don't know if you noticed, but it has 21 buttons! And it's not obvious how to access the simple functions. Do I start typing in the time with the number buttons?...

        The interface doesn’t seem that complicated, it’s only a matter of getting used to it.

        It has 21 buttons! 21 buttons! I don't know if you noticed, but it has 21 buttons! And it's not obvious how to access the simple functions. Do I start typing in the time with the number buttons? Do I type in the power level first? Do I look through the menu for a "manual control" option first? You shouldn't have to "get used" to such a simple tool, and the only reason you have to is because they've massively over-engineered and over-complicated it. I'm sure once you've learnt how it works it's perfectly tolerable at home, but then what if somebody puts something like this in the kitchen at work? You end up with a long queue of hungry people waiting impatiently while someone beeps and boops away at this "universal food irradiation system" which just beeps and boops back at him because he doesn't know the correct incantation to ask it to heat stuff for a few minutes.

        See also, this ancient joke.

        4 votes
        1. mrbig
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          Yeah, it has a lot of buttons, but it also shows clearly on the LCD panel what anything of importance does at any given time. It even displays recipes! No need for manuals! And it's working...

          Yeah, it has a lot of buttons, but it also shows clearly on the LCD panel what anything of importance does at any given time. It even displays recipes! No need for manuals!

          And it's working perfectly since the 1990s!

          I want one :D

          6 votes
        2. bloup
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          I definitely agree with what you are saying. This thing is a nightmare from a design standpoint. But the point is this microwave did something that basically no other microwave has done for as...

          I definitely agree with what you are saying. This thing is a nightmare from a design standpoint. But the point is this microwave did something that basically no other microwave has done for as long as microwaves have been around, which is actually be truly innovative in some respect. Like probably the biggest advances in microwave oven technology since they were invented have been "make the food spin" and "blow some fans at the food", and here this microwave from 1997 can single action perfectly pop popcorn every time without a timer and it's not a standard feature on literally every microwave today??

          1 vote
        3. Gyrfalcon
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          I agree with you that the design they have already is messy, but I don't see why it would be impossible to have the same simplicity of the two dial interface with the versatility of the automated...

          I agree with you that the design they have already is messy, but I don't see why it would be impossible to have the same simplicity of the two dial interface with the versatility of the automated features. Two dials, one button with "Auto", one button with "Start/Select", and when you push "Auto", one of the dials goes from setting time or power to selecting menu items, but if you never push "Auto", it works like a regular two dial microwave, with the possible exception of showing time and power on the screen instead of a seven segment display. If you accidentally hit "Auto", have an exit option and exit on a second press.

          1 vote
  4. cmccabe
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    It has a "Play Dough" setting!

    It has a "Play Dough" setting!

    3 votes