By Evan Ackerman
This conceptual toaster, designed by Ivo Vos, is a self-styled “post-functional product.” I don’t know exactly what that means, but I do know that this toaster actually fires toast. No pun intended. You can adjust the launch angle and initial velocity of the toast in order to compensate for variables like humidity or white versus wheat bread, the goal being to have it end up on your plate, perfectly toasted.
The big secret to catching the toast is, of course, to first spread butter on your plate. Since bread always lands butter side down, the toast will be unfailingly attracted right to you. Sure, it’ll be upside down, but just go right ahead and butter that side too and make yourself a toast ‘n butter sandwich. Mmmmmm.
By the way, I would just like to point out that some people are incorrectly calling this a toaster trebuchet. Trebuchets are gravity driven, lever based throwing arms, whereas this toaster is more like a ballista, which uses torsion (in this case, a spring) to launch projectiles. The more you know!