A home-made gadget responds to voice commands to make cooking even easier.

Tired of keying in commands for his microwave to follow, Nathan Broadbent decides to program his so it could accept voice commands – as well as scan the product barcode to decide how long it should be cooked for.

Broadbent is a Ruby On Rails developer in his professional life, as well as his personal life. These skills combined with the hacker’s favorite micro-computer (Raspberry Pi), was what allowed him to turn a regular microwave into something special.

A couple of the Raspberry Pi Microwave’s features include voice commands, a clock that updates itself using the internet and even custom sound effects for those who don’t find the factory-set beep all that palatable.

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