Yup, you read that right. Design students Laurent Beirnaert, Pierre Bouvier and Paul Tubiana created this one for ECAL’s “Low-Tech Factory” exhibition. What it does is take one kernel of popcorn at a time, run it through several motions, and pop it. It’ll even butter and salt it for you. One kernel at a time. Which is pretty neat, but not terribly practical if you’re also trying to, say, enjoy a movie with your popcorn.
How it works is a standard tea-light candle heats a solitary kernel of popcorn in oil. Eventually, that kernel bursts to become the fluffy white goodness we all know and love. It is then buttered and salted and ready to be eaten. It does require more human input than a device created by Mr. Goldberg would have, but it is pretty simple. That made it perfect for the Low-Tech Factory exhibition, no?
Obviously there is no pricing or availability on this, since it was a design project. I just thought it was kinda neat. If it does make it to production, it would be a unique complement to a nice office desk. Maybe even better than that Red Swingline.
Source: Laughing Squid