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Engineers have spent 15 years perfecting the £160 Magimix Vision Toaster, which has double insulated clear glass on both sides giving a panoramic view of each slice as it cooks. They had to find away to cook the bread in the toaster without using traditional metal elements which obscured the bread.
Magimix solved the problem by placing this metal plates behind long life quartz elements in the corners of the toaster which deflect heat evenly across the bread. Now hungry users can watch as they brown baguettes, muffins, crumpets, buns and teacakes to perfection and take them out at just before they become too crispy.
Magimix Managing Director Simon Kinder, said the company could have rushed the product into production four years ago but held off because they wanted it to be perfect. He said: ''The idea is incredibly simple and we started with the concept of creating a toaster where you could watch the toast browning 15 years ago. ''The problem was that we wanted to create something very simple which worked perfectly and did not obscure the view of the toast.
The Romans were responsible for spreading toast across Europe and the word toast comes from the Latin word tostum and means scorch or burn. Modern toasters were invented by Frank Shailor, a technician with General Electric, who created his D12 toaster in 1909, 20 years before a sliced loaf existed. He invented it so people could still eat bread that was going stale and after a decade of people getting their fingers burnt the first pop-up toaster was invented in 1919. This led to the world's first automatic electric toaster, the Toastmaster, in being invented in 1926