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A hungry YouTube inventor created the microwave of our dreams

A YouTuber has created and patented a prototype for the microwave of tomorrow.


Melanie Price


Posted on Feb 11, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 1:40 pm CDT

YouTuber Mark Rober has been working nights and weekends for the past year to create a prototype of the newest coolest microwave. If his idea comes to fruition, gone are the days of scorching the roof of your mouth on a sizzling Hot Pocket. 

Yesterday, Rober tweeted his excitement for Wednesday’s product reveal. 

Rober wonders why with technology advancements making cars and computers adapt throughout time, why hasn’t the microwave? After months of expanding on that question Rober on Wednesday revealed the anticipated project on his YouTube channel. He calls it “Better Microwave.”

Essentially, an infrared camera in the top of the microwave tracks the heat in your meal and the image appears on a screen on the front of the microwave. This allows the potential Hot Pocket consumer to be sure their pepperoni bundle is heated thoroughly, yet without becoming molten lava. 

Possibly the coolest feature is that you can access the heat map image on your phone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. So if you’re in a different room binge-watching Netflix you can see your frozen burrito and even add more cook time if it hasn’t properly heated.

Rober has created the prototype and patented his product. He just wants to show his investors that frozen dinner lovers are out there and interested. He also has a Better Microwave petition to support this genius idea.

Screengrab via Mark Rober/YouTube

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*First Published: Feb 11, 2015, 11:45 pm CST