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This Microwave Oven Is the Size of a Thermos

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There s a reason the microwave oven in your kitchen is a heavy brick: it uses a magnetron and vacuum tube technology that dates back to World War II.

But since then, microwave technologies have been vastly improved see cellphone towers and a company called Wayv in the UK is finally using them to shrink the microwave oven.

The Adventurer looks like nothing more than a fancy thermos, but it s actually a fully-functional 200-watt microwave oven that can efficiently heat 500 milliliters of liquids or solids in about four minutes.

Its rechargeable battery will keep it running for up to half an hour, which is more than enough time to reheat a bowl of stew at lunch or a jar of baby food while you re on the road.

Instead of vacuum tubes or magnetrons, the Adventurer uses laterally diffused metal oxide semiconductors—or LDMOS—transistors to generate heat.

Wayv is planning to bring the adventurer to the United States next year with a price tag of about $200.

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