Un-TreeHugger: USB-Powered Mini Microwave

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This totally falls into the realm of un-TreeHugger and we're posting it as such. But not with out a side order of "that is friggin funny." Since most of us TreeHuggers work from home (read: home or any place that has a table and free wifi and hopefully half-way decent free-trade/organic/shade-grown coffee...) we think this USB-powered microwave is hilarious, but still a hunk of unhealthy plasticrap. You'll never guess what company created it...Maker of many meal-on-the-go products, Heinz decided we need a way to heat up those handy cup-o-something-highly-processed-plus-salt. They also recognized many of us are such slaves to our computers, that we can't bear to even get up from it long enough to go to the microwave in the kitchen. So, they created a USB-powered mini microwave called Beanzawave. Oh yes, that's right, it's called Beanzawave.

Still in prototype mode, the mini-microwave is just 7.4inches tall by 6.2in wide and 5.9in deep. While it's suggested that it can be used while commuting on a train, we suspect it'd drain your laptop's battery so fast as to make it completely worthless for working-on-the-go use.

And, it reportedly works:

Apart from its size, the key breakthrough is the use of a combination of mobile phone radio frequencies to create the heat to cook both on the outside and within in under a minute.
Mr Andrews, the managing director of GAMA Microwave Technology, said it is possible to 'tune' the radio-frequencies to provide the best results with any small product.
'It is possible to heat a pie, a burger, a cup of soup or tea in quick time,' he said.
'There is the option of powering it with lithium ion batteries that would make it completely portable, which would be a help to fishermen, campers or sportsmen.'

That last suggestion makes a little more sense, but even so, if you're out on the water or in the woods, do you really want to ruin the atmosphere by having a microwave?

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What's more frightening is the creator mentions a study has shown 69% of office workers are so busy, they don't have time to get up for lunch, making this a great solution.

On the other hand, we feel perhaps rethinking how we approach work and lunch breaks would yield healthier options - for instance, taking a few minutes to make an organic meal and take a short walk to stretch your muscles.

However, it seems product manufacturers like the idea too many of us are practically soldered to our laptops, because there's no end to USB-powered hot lunch ideas.

Should this thing eventually come to market, it'd be priced at around $160.

Via Daily Mail via Crunchgear