There's probably no appliance in the kitchen more mundane than a toaster -- the only thing it does is toast bread (well that and maybe a grilled cheese sandwich), but oftentimes that piece of bread ends up burnt to a char. Luckily, the future looks a lot brighter for the toaster. Not only will new models allow us to monitor the slice of bread being toasted, there will also be concepts that take toasting to the next level. One toaster burns images, notes and can even include the day's weather forecast so you'll know if you need an umbrella while you're chewing your breakfast.

See all the toaster concepts in the slideshow below. Some might be coming sooner than you think.

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  • Glide Ceramic Toaster

    If you think about it, most toasters today are pretty boring, and more often than not, they're cheaply made out of plastic. This toaster, designed by George Watson is all ceramic. Here the toast glides through the toasting contraption and there's also a place to rest the toast for serving. Via <a href="">designboom</a>

  • Transparent Glass Toaster

    This concept toaster relies on glass panes for its heating elements. No longer do you have to stand by your toaster hoping to get the right amount of brownness -- now you can watch it brown. Simply insert the bread between the glass panes, press a button to toast, and press again to stop toasting. Via <a href="">This Is Why I'm Broke</a>

  • Toasty Toaster

    The Toasty single serve toaster, designed by Arthur Wu, makes your morning toast like a regular toaster, except for one feature -- the toast pops out like a cassette deck when it's done. Via <a href="">Yanko Design</a>

  • Scan Toaster

    The Scan Toaster, designed by South Korean designer Sung Bae Chang for the Electrolux Design Lab 2008 competition, can print the news, weather forecasts and photos directly onto the bread. The concept is simple -- just plug the toaster into a free USB port, place the bread, and the software will burn whatever it is you want. Via <a href="">LikeCool</a>

  • Triplo Toaster

    The Triplo toaster, designed by Craig Strangward, is much like your standard toaster in that it has slots, but this design allows for toasting three pieces of toast each set at different levels. It's made from organic plastic on the outside with refined heating mechanics inside. Via <a href="">Design Buzz</a>

  • Salve Bagel Toaster

    This portable bagel toaster, designed by Kent Madden, is especially convenient for people on the run. Place a bagel in the toaster and it will automatically start rotating. When you're happy with the color of the freshly toasted bagel, simply remove and enjoy. The toaster is energy efficient as it runs on sugar crystal batteries or can be recharged on a ceramic induction dock. Via <a href="">Dexigner</a>

  • Nahamer T450 Toaster

    The Nahamer T450, designed by Rob Penny, is an environmentally sustainable toaster that's 20% faster and uses half the energy of a standard toaster. Insert the bread at the top and watch it toast as it makes its way toward the bottom onto your awaiting plate. Via <a href="">Yanko Design</a>

  • Portable Toaster

    Unlike standard toasters, the Portable Toaster, designed by Been Kim, features a graphic interface of butterflies that represents the heat strength. Simply glide the ceramic knife over the bread as if you were spreading butter to achieve the brownness desired. Via <a href="">TecheBlog</a>

  • Mool Hood Toaster

    In this conceptual toaster, by Turkish designer Atil Kizilbayir, the bread slides in on a rack and then toasts inside a contraption that's sort of like a tanning bed or MRI, whichever way you look at it. Via <a href="">dvice</a>

  • Trebuchet Toaster

    The Trebuchet Toaster, designed by Ivo Vos, will have you eagerly awaiting your toast. Why? because it launches your toast through the air "I Love Lucy" style. The toaster allows you to set the angle and force needed for the toast to reach its destination once it's perfectly browned. Via <a href="">dvice</a>

  • Six Part Toaster

    The Six Part Toaster, designed by Matt Gossington, rotates and heats bread in single compartments. Each compartment can be lifted from the main assembly and swung open so the toast keeps warm but doesn't continue toasting. Via <a href="">Yanko Design</a>

  • Zuse Toaster

    The Zuse Toaster from Inseq speaks a simple digital language. Its optical sensor recognizes the placement of the bread and activates the digitalization process, burning a 12-by-12 pixel resolution image from its vast memory onto the toast. Your toast will be a surprise every morning. Via <a href="">Gizmodo</a>

  • Halo Super Flexible Toaster

    The Halo Super Flexible Toaster concept, designed by Burcu Bag, Amalia Monica and Vinay Raj Somashekar for WMF Kitchenware, is not your conventional toaster -- it doesn't look like a box. To make the toast, fold the toaster over the bread like you would fold a piece of paper. Switch it on, and the toaster will tell you when the toast is ready when the light indicator turns from blue to red. When not in use, roll it up and tuck it away. Via <a href="">The Design Home</a>

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