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By John Glenday, Reporter

November 21, 2011 | 1 min read

A group of students at the University of Pennsylvania have concocted a novel multimedia alternative for microwave users bored of watching their dish slowly rotate – by sticking a TouchPad on the front.

The Frankenstinian device is intended to provide some light relief to the tedious process of heating up food by playing a YouTube clip of the precise duration of your dinners zap.

This sees the timer countdown noted and cross checked with YouTube to pull a popular video of that precise length – before streaming it from the TouchPad.

The ungainly device was cobbled together in a mere two days and won its makers a cool $2,500 in a University hacking competition.