Microwave ovens have been mostly unchanged since they were first introduced in 1946, but one designer is out to change all that. Jake Rich, a graduate of Kingston University, has redesigned the household microwave in an interesting new way.
Instead of a square microwave, Rich has created a round "Mediumwave." He has also added wheels to the bottom of the invention and a removable domed lid that houses a light that changes brightness based on the power being used by the Mediumwave.
Reflecting the visual cues of a gas hob, a light housed in the lid dims as power levels are lowered and brightens as the power levels are increased.
"Using light in this way provides an immediate and tangible understanding of what power level you are cooking at," said Rich. "It encourages the microwave to be used in a similar way to a hob, and as a tool you have control over."
The dome lid is made of perforated metal that keeps the normal microwave radiation from escaping, like on a microwave's front door. the dome also acts as a closed circuit, automatically turning off the cooking when the lid is removed, much like opening the door to your microwave.
This countertop contraption is safe to plug in and use just about anywhere. The dials are also extremely simple. There is a numbered dial for the cooking time, and a second dial for the power level. That's it.
The Mediumwave is about the size of a large dinner plate, which makes it convenient for use on the counter and for storage.
Take a look at the pictures below. Will this redesign make it into homes into the future?