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Scan and Learn Microwave saves you some trouble in the kitchen


microwavePromising to do away with burned popcorn forever, the Beyond's Scan and Learn Microwave uses an attached wand to scan the barcode on packages of microwavable dinners and popcorn and the like. If the barcode is one of the more than 4,000 stored in its memory the proper time and temperature are set and you're good to go. If not, there's room in the memory for another 1,800 codes, so you're more likely than not to be able to cook whatever it is you want without actually performing the oh-so-onerous task of setting the timer yourself. Yes, we know, once the RFID revolution gets around to actually happening this final barrier to microwaving bliss will be removed, but until then this $179 contraption will have to do. Oh, and it has a blue LCD screen because that makes it cook more evenly.

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