Remember the portable record players we showed you back in April? The design innovation was that the normally-enclosed record platter would be largely exposed, with just the "reader" element, the needle, enclosed in the body.
Our favorite semi-finalist in the Electrolux Design Lab 2011 competition takes this same design principle and applies it to that most New York of breakfasts, the bagel. Behold the Salvé Bagel Toaster, designed by Kent Madden of Carleton University:
The new portable bagel toaster is especially convenient for those who can't find time to eat breakfast in the morning. Place a bagel in the toaster and it will automatically start rotating. When happy with the color of the freshly toasted bagel, simply remove and enjoy. The toaster is very energy efficient being run on sugar crystal batteries or recharged on a ceramic dock using induction. Now there are no excuses for missing the most important meal of the day!