Touch Revolution: NIMble touchscreen puts Android in a microwave

Touch Revolution is livening up lunch and laundry with a concept microwave and washing machine that run Android-powered Web browsing

Most days, as we slam in our fifth microwave ready meal of the day, it occurs to us that those four and a half minutes on high certainly add up: we could spend that time browsing our favourite gadget blog. So thank heavens for Touch Revolution, with a concept at CES 2010 that could let you do just that.

Touch Revolution

Touch Revolution has put a Web-connected 7-inch touchscreen module in a humble washing machine and microwave, complete with Web browser and onscreen keyboard. The NIMble NIM1000 module packs an 806MHz ARM processor and video acceleration co-processor. It can also support MMC/SD, Wi-Fi, USB, Ethernet and accelerometer components.

Touch Revolution

Touch Revolution makes capacitive touchscreens, running Google's Android 1.5 platform. The microwave and washer dryer are designed to show off the potential for putting Web-connected digital interfaces into any appliance you can think of. The washer dryer uses Android as a platform to run its laundry, which could have uses like notifying you with a text when your washing is done. If Touch Revolution gets its way, the house of the future could see us checking our email in the shower, streaming music out of a lampshade and browsing our RSS feeds as we go number twos.

Web-connected appliances are a theme here at CES. The boundaries between netbooks , digital photo frames, ebook readers and digital organisers are becoming increasingly blurred. We know it's a trend because Sony has jumped on the bandwagon with the Sony Dash . Right -- who's hungry?

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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