Toaster web interface

Within a ten-hour window [Wes Brown] threw together this toaster with a web interface for one of his classes. He sourced the WIZnet embedded webserver for the project but this could be pulled off with a homebrew webserver as well. When you point your browser to the correct address you’re greeted with images of bread that have been charred to various degrees. This greatly complicates the act of making breakfast while at the same time presenting a possible fire hazard. Check out the video after the break.


  1. imightbefirst...NOT. says:


    (See XKCD)

  2. Charper says:


    Could you provide the link?

  3. Paul Potter says:

    Pure brillance. I’ve always wanted something like this.

    I’ve now got a craving for toast.

  4. strider_mt2k says:

    All I know is that we’re going to need coffee, and fast…

  5. Lame it doesn’t even twitter. Just kidding awesome project. Just think of the time saving, no I no longer have to cook my poptarts in the microwave for 3 seconds when I am in a hurry :)

  6. jj42 says:

    Check out his YouTube tags on the video page.

  7. pyrhho says:

    Now, if it can start the toast at a given time, we are set! Put the pop-tarts in the night before, and have ‘em ready on your way out the door in the morning.

  8. Sachleen says:
  9. Hirudinea says:

    At least its a better use of the Internet than Twitter.

  10. Wes says:

    Sick, I made it to hackaday! @pyrhho I wanted to have scheduling but I just ran out of time.

  11. john says:

    Frakking toasters…

  12. Dan Ransom says:

    O.M.G. a twitting toaster.. W.T.F. who Cares not a “Hack” worth anything. It ranks up there with plants that tweet. TWIT devices is what we should call these.

  13. Oliv4945 says:

    Wow, I need to build one !! So I can start it from the bed with my mobile without going out !!!

  14. pixel says:

    @Dan Random

    Did you even look at it before commenting?

  15. medix says:

    .. what if there’s a flare up?

    Looks like a good way to burn down the house remotely. ;)

  16. alex says:

    oh wow thats pretty neat… it concerns me though that the motor holds down the lever. should the motor or firmware fail, the motor would prevent the toast release (read: safety mechanism) from springing back posing a fire hazard.

    throw a feedback switch in there and a relay to kill power to the toaster and that would be a pretty sweet device.

  17. jared says:

    finally, a realization of the web-enabled toaster on Ubergeek!

  18. McSquid says:



  19. Dave says:

    Awesome automation!

  20. fartface says:

    How N00bish. I did this back 6 years ago and I copied someone else’s design I found on the net. Using a PIC 16F series and a old product that the Xport people sold that was a embedded web server.

    I eliminated the useless LCD screen because I chose a toaster with buttons and LED feedback. I was even able to fit it all inside the toaster instead of making it a nasty ugly hack.

    I’ll see if I can find some of the photos from my old site on internet archive.

    I also used the same hardware to web enable the fridge.. I could read the temperature of 3 zones Freezer; Upper shelf of fridge; Lower shelf of fridge… Too bad that fridge was junk and died 4 years ago… I guess I should have monitored the coil temperature so I knew when to clean all the lint and hair from the coils…

  21. Ramy says:

    I was going to make something similar for my A-level electronics project two years ago, but my electronics teacher kept telling me it was a stupid idea and that it had no target market.

  22. A says:

    This is my boyfriend!!!!

    <3 Awesome.

    Now I'd better get some breakfast in bed.

  23. That one guy says:

    I love this. Fun, simple, and put together in a small time frame. This is a cool little hack, ignore anyone who says otherwise. :D

  24. somebody says:

    i hope that he would have installed a thermal circuit breaker so that after it becomes the perfect temp. it will power off

  25. matt says:

    Now all you need is a lil camera in it so you can watch your toast from your computer =)

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