uv breadbox

uv breadbox

The guys at invent geek posted their latest project. They


  1. rss is broken. Stuck back on the VW charger. sorry this post is not related to the hack but i will address that soon.

  2. Woah! Im totally going to build one of these. I have to make my own bread due to alergies in store bought breads and if I dont eat a whole loaf in a few days the bread begins to get a growing yeast flavor.

    How far does the uv penetrate or is it only surface treatment.

  3. jkl; says:

    that looks like it would be perfect for makings pcbs.

  4. bp says:

    hehehe… Pretty cool. Seems a bit on the paranoid side (I don’t know about you guys but I go through a normal loaf in three or four days) but I like it none-the-less. Actually I’ve always thought about building something similar in my kitchen as an uber-techie hand sanitizer. Maybe rig up a motion sensor so it operates like one of those automatic hand dryers in mall bathrooms.

    The vibrating lockpick is awesome to. The video of how fast that thing blows through a lock is pretty impressive.

    Of course, I can think of even less publicly acceptable uses of that vibrating motor. (BTW, Hack-a-sex toy would quite possibly be the funniest title for a website ever!)

  5. davethehack says:

    well sorry but this hack is for the ladys this site is getting worse day buy day is this a teck site or a food appliance mod site come on lets have some hacks

  6. Liam says:

    Elliot, I never keep my bread in the fridge!!! The damp makes bread disgusting overnight, not to mention mouldy.

  7. ex-parrot says:

    I don’t trust the people who made this, purely on the merit of them saying the pen cap “phosphoresces”, when in fact it “fluoresces”.

  8. Doctor says:

    yeast flavor? baking is supposed to totally kill the yeast. somewhat like scorched earth, but with bread.

  9. stoned says:

    If you were not such little child nuts you could eat the bread before it gets mouldy. Or if you were not such freaks you could just afford buing a new bread! Come on guys, hacks please, hacks, not bullshit. Go tell ur mother!

  10. crizor says:

    The light in the photos appear to be black-light UV bulbs, not germicidal ones. I didn’t think black-light bulbs had an effect on microorganisms… germicidal lamps used in sterilization are made with clear quartz (and not with purple-tinted glass like black light ones) and exposure to it is dangerous especially to your eyes.

    I like anything that will make food last longer, though. I use a germicidal UV fluorescent lamp in my eprom eraser, maybe I will test it on some bread ;-). By the way, has anyone hacked together one of those plastic bag vaccum sealer machines out of inexpensive parts? The one that they sell on TV is sooo expensive…

  11. esk says:

    hal: the mold grows on the surface right? So not much need for it to penetrate, I dont think it would anyway.

    Someone should throw a powerful UV light inside a fridge, or maybe even just the cheese drawer. And of course have it only turn on when the door is closed.

  12. Monster says:

    hey stoned and steve, if yo hate hackaday, DON’T FUCKING COME HERE ANYMORE!!!! i gaurantee that you guys won’t be missed, don’t think youre staying here for our feelings. i haven’t read one positive comment from either of you. make some “real” hacks or die in a fire. that is all

    every-fucking-body at hack-a-day

  13. jared bouck says:

    Here Here Monster! What could possibly be more original than hacking a freaking bread box!

    To those who complain on this site: I would like to see you run a site where you had to come up with fresh content every day for a group of people that has a small percent chance of even conceiving something like this little lone doing it your self

  14. HaX80r says:

    That’s interesting. You could also seal up the entire box so it’s nearly airtight, then make a miniature dehumidifier to remove moisture. That would lower the chance of mold growing inside the bread. Good job.

    BTW, stoned and steve should go play with uranium hexafluoride.

  15. bird603568 says:

    hax80r, wouldnt hehumidifing it make the bread stail faster? also we could have made steve happy and used leds, but i dont think they throw out the correct wavelength for sterilization.

  16. Quigley says:

    esk: the stuff that grows on the surface is actually just the reproductive structure of the fungi, if I remember from biology class correctly. the main stuff is below the surface.

  17. andrew says:

    right but if it can’t reproduce, it can’t become a problem, right??

  18. In microbiological cell cultivation laboratories, these lamps stay on when there is no-one working in there. This kills viruses and unwanted organisms from air and working surfaces. But it won’t penetrate deep into anything.

  19. mac says:

    keeping bread in the fridge works incredibly well. you don’t just throw a bare loaf next to the milk, you need to make sure it’s in an airtight bag. every day, the bread is fresh and good. i’ve had storebought loaves last a whole month when i was away from home! we’re not talking a 50% increase, we’re talking whole multiples of freshness time extension here. i’ve never found out how long it will last this way since it’s always eaten before then. the key i guess is keeping it airtight, and minimizing exposure; get in, get ‘cha bread, get out and seal it tight. the freezer does not work this way. anyway i hope some of you will save some stomachaches and money by using that handy bread-life-extending appliance we already have, the fridge.

  20. dave the hack says:

    i find it hard to belive that any body could find this hack remotely intresting either that or your all sadd pitifall and uninteligent which ithink is the case so come on hackaday lets have some hacks knot kichen appliances

  21. targit says:

    I also keep my bread in the fridge, no fancy airtight box though, just the bag twisted over (semi airtight ) and it keeps for ages, i never have to throw away mouldy bread anymore (not that i threw it out anyway, the toaster kills most stuff :P ).

  22. rune says:

    Yeah, it would. The reason that bread becomes hard in the kitchen is that it’s exposed to air that has a lower percentage of water in it. A dehumidifyer wouldn’t do the trick!

  23. rolotomasi says:

    Hate to piss in your cornflakes, but this hack doesn’t work. As someone above mentions, black light tubes ARE NOT GERMICIDAL. Not even a little. What you need is a real germicidal UV bulb. These are used in EPROM erasers or UV water cleaners for ponds, among other things. I know that the article mentions that they’re using a germicidal bulb, but they don’t. The tube is black. Germicidal bulbs are clear.

    Germicidal bulbs out 254nm UV-C radiation. This is badass shit. The photon energy is high enough to smash DNA molecules into tiny little bits. That’s why it’s germicidal. It also cracks the oxygen molecules in the atmosphere, creating ozone. This means you can easily tell if a bulb is germicidal by the ozone smell. Oh, and ozone is germicidal, too! The downside is, UVC radiation will destroy your corneas. In a really cool way, because it takes several hours before you notice any pain, and by that time it’s too late and your eyes melt. It will also give you skin burns and cancer, and the ozone burns your respiratory system.

    More info: http://members.misty.com/don/uvbulb.html#ge


    Anyway, this info should really have been in the blurb. Come on, at least do SOME quick research. Get some basic knowledge on the subject. Because posting stuff that you don’t obviously know jack about but think is cool or shiny doesn’t cut it.

  24. rune says:

    bird603568:Yeah, it would. The reason that bread becomes hard in the kitchen is that it’s exposed to air that has a lower percentage of water in it. A dehumidifyer wouldn’t do the trick!

  25. sextubehappy says:

    thanks for this mate!!! =)

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