Cooking an egg involves using up a pot of water, along with the energy required to boil all of it. What if there were a way to just heat the egg directly, with no need for water? Well, now there is, and it’s known as Eggxactly.
Designed by British inventor James Seddon, who wanted to make the process of cooking an egg as easy as toasting bread, the device has been in the works for at least seven years. It features two stretchable silicone heating elements – one on either side of the egg – that are said to transfer heat to the egg very efficiently. Because the elements are so soft, they reportedly conform to a variety of sizes and shapes of eggs.
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To use Eggxactly, you just stick in an egg, close the lid, turn the top-mounted dial to indicate how hard you want the egg cooked, then tap the device on top to start it. The cooker measures the starting temperature of the egg, and heats it accordingly. When the egg is done, you’ll be alerted with a beeping sound.
It’s apparently proven quite difficult to come up with a practical method for producing the silicone heating elements (as a rather awkward 2006 appearance on Dragon’s Den indicated), which is why product development has taken so long. Seddon claims that Eggxactly is now ready for real-world use, however, and he’s looking for UK residents interested in testing a small production run of the devices in their homes. Feedback from those people will go into a commercial version, which is expected to sell for £25 (US$39).
Should you be interested in taking part, you can contact the company via the link below.