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The Toaster Project

December 1st, 2011 | Robot

So if you were magically transported to a primitive society, would you be able to share our current technology and become a technological overlord??

I’ve thought about this question quite a bit actually, and I’m not sure I feel confident about being able to build much at all out of primitive materials…

The Plan: Thomas Thwaites set out on the mission of building his very own toaster from scratch.  Yes, you heard that right, SCRATCH.  Inspired by a Douglas Adams quote, “Left to his own devices he couldn’t build a toaster. He could just about make a sandwich and that was it”, Mr. Thwaites wanted to see if in fact it would be possible to make even the simplest of household appliances using raw materials.  As you can see from the picture above, it’s a lot harder than it may seem!

Find out more here.

and check out his new book here.