Sung Bae Chang – News, sports and weather wherever you are – on your toast

Korean student’s portable toaster-printer is a finalist in the Electrolux Design Lab 2008 competition.

People who don’t have time to wait for bread to toast can take their toaster to work, hook it up to their computer and even print articles and snapshots on it with Scan Toaster.

The appliance is one of nine finalists out of more than 600 entries from 49 countries in the Electrolux Design Lab 2008 competition. This year, the sixth year of the global contest, undergraduate and graduate industrial design students were invited to create appliance concepts for the Internet generation.

“I got the idea from looking at my scanner and printer beside my computer,” explains Scan Toaster’s creator, Sung Bae Chang, a design student at Sejong University in South Korea. “I was chatting with my friends and suddenly thought, ‘How about scanning to a piece of toasting bread?’ and then started to brainstorm the idea.”

“So I researched the Internet generation and found that they like new things that are fun and interesting. I feel that my concept fits into that by giving them news articles or snapshots on their toast.”