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The Keyboard Waffle Iron IS HERE! By popular demand, the internet's dream of keyboard-shaped waffles is now a reality.
The Keyboard Waffle Iron IS HERE! By popular demand, the internet's dream of keyboard-shaped waffles is now a reality.
The Keyboard Waffle Iron IS HERE! By popular demand, the internet's dream of keyboard-shaped waffles is now a reality.
850 backers pledged $66,685 to help bring this project to life.

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The Keyboard Waffle Iron

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Chris Dimino's The Keyboard Waffle Iron takes something amazing (waffles) and makes it even more amazing (keyboard waffles!). The Keyboard Waffle Iron is easily the most significant union of technology, design, and waffles in the modern age. 

Gamers, coders, cubicle jockeys, bloggers, hackers, spreadsheet ninjas, social media socialites... we are all keyboard warriors. The Keyboard Waffle Iron is the fruit of our conquest. And these are the spoils of war:

Please note: after midnight on December 12th, we can no longer guarantee that the exclusive Holiday card will arrive on or before December 25th. Those selecting the Holiday Gift tier (while supplies last) after this date will still get a card mailed on their behalf, but it might arrive slightly after Christmas. 

The Keyboard Waffle Iron was designed from the waffle out. The goal? To create a waffle that accurately resembles a computer keyboard, and then build a waffle iron around that. It's designed to be easy to use, portable, versatile, durable, and most importantly - make a delicious, perfectly crispy, perfectly keyboard-shaped waffle!

Over the past 2 years, the countless 3D models, 3D prints, and now fully functioning prototypes have resulted in a design that is extremely simple, with an overall industrial feel but hints of sophistication to make it surprisingly sleek.

Most importantly, it makes a great waffle, with just the right balance of soft and crispy areas that come from the keyboard pattern, and the thickness (just under 1") for a perfect portion.

Using The Keyboard Waffle Iron is incredibly easy and makes a delicious waffle in just 5 minutes:

1. Prep: pre-heat The Keyboard Waffle Iron on any stove, grill, or other cooking surface. Coat lightly with a non-stick cooking spray.
2. Pour: add in your favorite batter recipe (or use a boxed pancake mix). Close the lid and allow the batter to cook for 2-3 minutes.
3. Flip: flip The Keyboard Waffle Iron over to cook the other side for an additional 1-2 minutes. Inside your waffle iron, heat transfer technology transfers your stove's heat into the waffle, changing the gooey liquid batter into a crispy, flaky waffle. It's like we took the bread-altering magic of toasters and made it even more magic, because waffles are better than toast.
4. EAT!

Once you've mastered the basics, it's time to move out of the newbie zone and take on tougher challenges like BluetoothBerry Waffles, the Pumpkin Spiced Bacon Waffle, the Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter Banana Waffle, the Tomato Basil Mozzarella Wafflepanini and much, much more. Don't worry, The Keyboard Waffle Iron makes it easy and we'll even give you our Kickstarter exclusive digital Waffle Cook Book for the recipes!

To show our appreciation for our Kickstarter supporters, not only are we giving you the chance to be one of the first to own The Keyboard Waffle Iron, we've created several special rewards that are only available to our backers.

CTRL + Heat with the versatile and fun folding trivet! Included with EVERY Keyboard Waffle Iron reward!
CTRL + Heat with the versatile and fun folding trivet! Included with EVERY Keyboard Waffle Iron reward!

 We want to extend a very special thank you to Peanut Butter & Co. for partnering with us on this reward tier! Look for their amazing PB recipes in the included PDF recipe book. Please visit their website at www.ilovepeanutbutter.com/

Chris Dimino is a Brooklyn-based graphic artist and designer and graduate of the School of Visual Arts (SVA), where The Keyboard Waffle Iron was born. Tasked with designing a new purpose for an old, familiar item, Chris chose a Corona-matic typewriter and gave it new life as a waffle iron:

When the internet discovered the image in Chris' online portfolio, many were quick to share it with others. Over 100 websites and blogs, including Boing Boing, Wired, Gizmodo, and George Takei's popular Facebook page, have featured the image. To date, the Corona-matic Waffle Iron has been viewed millions of times and generated hundreds of thousands of likes, comments, and shares.

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 As you can see in the video above, there's a common thread to the majority of the comments: people want The Keyboard Waffle Iron to be a real thing. They want to own one for themselves. After two years of design, and with your support of this Kickstarter campaign, they finally can!

Thank you very much for your support. Because you asked for it, we'll shut up and take your money now. :)

The people below have impacted the project in some significant way over the past 2 years. Special thanks to Michael Frank for helping make this product a reality. Thanks to Jeff Koenig and Alana Jackler for shaping this campaign, and thanks to Jill Sarver for your patience and guidance!

Michael G. Frank 

http://www.spongester.com

Jeff Koenig & Alana Jackler 

http://youtube.com/scifiriot

Jill Sarver

Marina White

Pat & Carl Dimino

Nikolai Nikolov

Steven Fritsch

Jesse Cowell

Meghan Birch

Cheryl Barwiki

Risks and challenges

Leading up to this point, this project has faced its share of hurdles and has overcome them all. A great working relationship with the manufacturer has been established and initial problems have been worked out. Given the simplicity of this product, the most common concerns involve moderate delays in shipping.

Know the risks:
-Pantone matching for color versions may slightly vary but hopefully you don't turn red just because your waffle iron didn't!
-While the waffle cooking area remains the same, the logo on the outside may differ slightly from the current prototype. Thankfully you're not the least bit superficial, it's what's on the inside that counts.
- When shipping the product, a delay in customs may delay delivery. On the upside, your waffles would taste worldlier when you finally make them.
-The zombie apocalypse. It could happen and it may cause a disruption in the shipment of your Keyboard Waffle Iron. At that point, however, you will probably be more concerned with keeping your brain from being eaten.
-The biggest risk of all: NOT pre-ordering The Keyboard Waffle Iron! Remember, you put the FUN in funding!

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    Pumpkin Spiced Awesome:
    Thank you for helping make The Keyboard Waffle Iron happen! In appreciation of your support, you'll receive a thank you in the backers section of our website, as well as a special PUMPKIN SPICED BACON WAFFLE RECIPE (digital PDF)!

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    Waffle Master: Our full color, illustrated digital WAFFLE COOK BOOK will give you 20 innovative recipes to elevate your Waffle Fu to well over 9000.

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    Own The Keyboard Waffle Iron! You will you have the power and the know-how (the cook book is included!) to make the most awesome looking waffles in existence, and obviously be one step closer to that total world domination thing you've always been talking about.

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    LIMITED EXCLUSIVE: Give the Gift of Keyboard Waffles! We know some of you might like to give a Keyboard Waffle Iron as a holiday gift. Even though the KWI won't be ready in time for the holidays, you still can! Not only will we deliver a Keyboard Waffle Iron as soon as they're ready, we'll send the recipient a super fancy wax-sealed holiday card letting them know they have a present coming! (Card will arrive this December, estimated delivery of the waffle iron is April, 2015).

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    KWI C-C-C-Combo Breaker: The ultimate KWI bundle; get The Keyboard Waffle Iron, the cookbook, AND an exclusive "Command + Coffee" mug and "Shift + Brunch" tote bag. It's the perfect way to bring your keyboard waffle magic with you and let an amazing brunch happen wherever you may be.

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    PEANUT BUTTER & CO. Special Tier! We've partnered with the incredible PB geniuses at Peanut Butter & Co. to offer you some delicious toppings for your waffles! You'll get The Keyboard Waffle Iron, the cookbook, plus a PB & Co gift basket with two jars of their delicious peanut butter concoctions, a PB & Co tote bag, and peanut butter spreader to get their delicious flavors like The Bee's Knees, Dark Chocolate Dreams, or Mighty Maple into every key on your keyboard waffle!

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    LIMITED EXCLUSIVE: Limited Edition Keyboard Waffle Iron in WHITE. Exclusively for our Kickstarter backers, we're producing a limited number of Keyboard Waffle Irons in stylish colors (white, black, teal, and red). Each special edition KWI is limited to 500, hand signed and numbered by the Keyboard Waffle Iron's designer, artist Chris Dimino, and are only available during the campaign!

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    LIMITED EXCLUSIVE: Limited Edition Keyboard Waffle Iron in BLACK; limited to 500, hand signed and numbered by Chris Dimino.

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    LIMITED EXCLUSIVE: Limited Edition Keyboard Waffle Iron in TEAL; limited to 500, hand signed and numbered by Chris Dimino.

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    LIMITED EXCLUSIVE: Limited Edition Keyboard Waffle Iron in RED; limited to 500, hand signed and numbered by Chris Dimino.

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    EXCLUSIVE ART PRINT: Corona-Matic: the Waffle Iron that started it all! Exclusive to our Kickstarter campaign, designer Chris Dimino is offering a limited, hand signed and numbered, archival editioned art print of the original Corona-Matic Waffle Iron image. Perfect for framing, the print measures 10x13" and will be limited to the total number of backers claiming this reward. In addition to the art print, you also get The Keyboard Waffle Iron, making this the only way to own both versions of the design!

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    BLACK FRIDAY SALE! Get *two* Limited Edition Keyboard Waffle Irons (regularly $125 each) and save $75!
    Choose any combination of White, Black, Teal, or Red. These color versions are exclusive to Kickstarter and limited to 500 of each color. Each one is hand signed and numbered by designer Chris Dimino. Also includes (2) folding trivets and the waffle recipe book.
    Shipping to one address is included. To ship one of the waffle irons to a second address, please add $10 for domestic shipping and $35 for overseas/international.

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    Lessons from the Master: not sure what to make with your new Keyboard Waffle Iron? We can fix that. We've teamed up with celebrity vegan chef Ayinde Howell to offer a small number of our supporters a personal cooking lesson! You and Chef Howell will connect via Skype video chat, where he'll walk you through an exclusive, original recipe for your new Keyboard Waffle Iron (included)!

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    Waffles at Work: Get a great start to the work day by inviting your employees or office mates to a catered, keyboard waffle breakfast complete with a selection of delicious toppings. Accommodates 20-30 happy, well-fed employees (additional charges may apply for larger groups) and includes TWO KEYBOARD WAFFLE IRONS for your office to keep!

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    VIP Brunch. The Keyboard Waffle Iron designer Chris Dimino will join you and 10-12 of your guests for a catered white linen brunch event, featuring a variety of very special waffle recipes, beverages, and conversation with Chris.

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