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Color-Sensing Toasters? A Student Reimagines the Home

Electronics prototyping for the Hue Packet
Electronics prototyping for the Hue PacketCourtesy Basheer Tome

At 21, Basheer Tome has a rather well-defined notion of what he thinks the world needs: clever, useful, beautiful objects that elevate our homes well and truly into the 21st century.

Tome studies industrial design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. As part of his coursework, he has knocked out one intriguing product idea after another. There’s the Hue toaster that uses color sensors to make sure toast comes out a perfect, golden brown. And the Chroma kitchen timer, which marries a digital display with an analog, twist-to-start base. Other projects include fresh takes on floor lamps, photo albums, and even flash cards.