1 definition by zgrowler2
Device that was improperly designed for whatever it was originally supposed to do which currently serves a niche purpose as heat source in impoverished homes. However, the object requires a substantial amount of electricity to operate and will eventually overheat itself if not burning down the domicile first, rendering it as a cost-ineffective short-term solution. Manufacturers disguise this by making the overheating component produce shiny, detailed, interactive moving pictures as a pretext for not fixing the defective part, but the additional pieces needed to use this feature are also cost-ineffective and easily damaged.
The U.N. had contracted 20 shipments to deliver to Africa as heat generators/food cookers but reneged when the initial shipment combusted en route.
As of 2008 the machine is still outperformed in reliability, cost and supply by the obsolete technology known as wood, which is powered by sunlight and friction as well as various readily available peripherals.
The manufacturers have not yet devised a strategy to deal with this new development.
by zgrowler2 Sep 8, 2008 add a video