About this project
We've listened to your requests for savory cookies and decided that if we reach $125,000 by the end of our Kickstarter campaign, we'll add Lemon Thyme Shortbread, Cheddar Bacon Biscuit, and Black Olive Rosemary Parmesan Cookies to our cookie wishlist! Help us reach our new #stretchgoal by 7.30am PST on Friday 2nd December!
Meet CHiP—Powered by SideChef
We created CHiP™ to make baking easier for everyone, starting with cookies. He brings the joy of warm freshly baked cookies in under 10 minutes to you and those you love. Simply pick what flavors you’d like, and let CHiP take care of the rest. Have your own recipe? No worries, CHiP can help you bake those perfectly too!
Why Do I Need CHiP?
Perfect Cookies, Every Time
What is a Perfect Cookie?
Texture, aroma, warm and always fresh–CHiP bakes it how you want. He's able to sense the internal temperature throughout the baking process, so you can customize your cookie preferences.
We've got a cookie for everyone! From college students to working moms or dads, CHiP is a great fit for your diet and lifestyle.
How Does It Work?
There’s virtually no preparation or clean-up! Simply scan, drop dough, press start, and you’ll have freshly baked cookies with no mess in 10 minutes or less.
Our Gourmet Cookie Dough
Goodbye clean up! No need to mix dough, clean mixers, bowls, measuring cups or spoons. Just drop our ready made dough into CHiP and you're done.
We believe in responsible packaging without sacrificing convenience. We'll be using environmentally-friendly packaging and are experimenting with biodegradable parchment paper wrappers.
Can I Use My Own Dough?
Absolutely! Have your own go-to or secret family recipe? No worries, you can bake those cookies in CHiP too! He has a manual mode where you can customize the time and temperature to ensure that your dough recipes turn out just the way you like. Best of all, you can save and name your settings for next time.
The removable Non-Stick PFOA and PTFE-Free Baking Tray is 10" and dishwasher-safe which allows for a minimal clean-up baking experience.
How is CHiP Better than Other Ovens?
There are several features that make CHiP a truly Smart Oven, such as:
Delay Start Mode allows you to start baking anytime within 4 hours of setting the dough into CHiP. Put the cookies in during your lunch break, before a workout or for a nice afternoon snack.
Worry-Free Cooking lets you go ahead and enjoy the party! Never burn cookies again, CHiP will automatically start cooling down at the right time and can even keep them warm for up to 2 hours.
CookieGram™ Send a video or text CookieGram that can be viewed after CHiP has finished baking. A warm cookie and personal message is the perfect gift to wish someone luck on a big day or to celebrate everyday moments.
The CHiP mobile app, powered by SideChef, provides an easy, fun and intuitive way to customize your cookie preferences.
- Know when cookies are done with app notifications.
- Order dough through the CHiP app so you're ready whenever a cookie craving hits.
- No need to set time or temperature. The app knows precisely how to bake different kinds of cookies perfectly.
How Did We Do It?
CHiP's patent pending QuickConvect™ Air Flow System has a 4” convection fan that blows hot air through specially designed air channels. This eliminates hot and cool spots, and ensures hot air flows around the oven at a consistent, even temperature to reduce cooking time.
- Instant Preheat: CHiP’s condensed oven cavity, combined with the air flow system and powerful heating element allows the temperature to rise to desired levels much faster than a conventional oven, saving you time.
- Carbon Fiber Convection Heating Element (1300W) is more energy efficient than traditional electric elements and heats up instantly.
- Intelligent Baking: Different cookies go through different chemical reactions as they bake, CHiP detects the temperature at all times to ensure that each cookie is perfectly baked.
- CHiP is a space saver. He is smaller than most countertop appliances and fits in pretty much anywhere.
Designed to Fit Your Lifestyle
Whether you want cookies for breakfast at home, with a coffee in your office, as an energy boost after the gym, or to share with guests, CHiP is there for you!
What Are the Dough Flavors?
From gluten-free to vegan options, choose from a huge variety of flavors.
- Our ready-made dough produces gourmet sized cookies, larger than your regular store-bought varieties.
- We are committed to sourcing the finest ingredients. Rest assured we'll always be transparent about our dough.
- Can’t decide on a flavor? We'll have packs of assorted flavors, with CHiP being able to cook each one perfectly at the same time.
- Choose the number that suits you. Bake up to four cookies, or even just one.
We’re working with our team of cookie experts to create a cookie dough wishlist. From Classic to Premium, find your favorite flavor.
** Availability is subject to manufacturing limitations.
Choose from an à la carte or subscription. Our ready-made dough will be sold in packs of 4 pods each, and subscriptions will include 4 packs per month.
** Delivers to anywhere in the Continental US. Taxes and shipping not included.
We're Starting with Cookies, but Have Bigger Plans!
Who is CHiP?
CHiP is not only smart, he has personality. He will interact with you throughout the baking process. When you connect with the CHiP app, he’ll remember your favorite cookies, remind you to order more dough, and even greet you on your birthday!
If only 5% of the estimated 2 billion* cookies consumed by Americans were baked with CHiP, as opposed to using a traditional oven, we could save:
*Source: http://whatscookingamerica.net, http://energy.gov and http://EPA.gov
Capacitive Touch Switches provide a simple and intuitive user interface that can control CHiP manually, even if a mobile device or internet connection is unavailable.
Multi-Color LEDs are colorful, fun and indicate CHiP’s current status.
Tempered Glass Lid allows you to witness the magic of your cookie creations.
1-Year Warranty: SideChef will replace CHiP if anything fails within one year from delivery.
Wi-Fi Internet Connection (802.11ac) allows for the fastest possible secure connection between mobile device, CHiP and the cloud.
Remote Firmware Updates allow delivery of new software innovations and upgrades—even after your purchase.
Smart Home Integration syncs up with Smart Home systems like Alexa.
International 220V CHiP
We're also designing a 220V international model which will retail for US$299.
Spread the CHiP Love!
We need your help to make CHiP come to life, tell your friends and family about us!
Early Concept Sketches
It all starts with an idea. We settled on cookies because we love them, and an estimated 95% of all American households eat cookies! We wanted to reexamine that whole experience and see how we could make it faster, easier, better, and more fun. We wanted a compact appliance that would deliver freshly baked healthy or indulgent cookies in 10 minutes or less with no preparation or clean-up.
To begin with, we created our first working prototype with components from off-the-shelf convection ovens. We first tested the ovens and took them apart to see how they worked. They were all designed to deliver heat from the top, which isn’t a great way to bake cookies because temperatures are so uneven. With baking or convection baking, the primary heat source should be on the bottom.
Early 3D Concepts
Once we proved we could actually make some great cookies using affordable off-the-shelf components, we decided to give the design a try. We started with a lot of high-tech concepts that seem a bit wacky in retrospect, but finally decided on one that would be simple, practical and relatively cost-effective. The round shape is ideal for helping the convection air spread uniformly without any hot or cold spots.
With this prototype, we wanted to fine-tune the performance and get more specific with the materials and dimensions. We played around with lots of baking trays to create ideal air flow. We also hooked up to an Arduino board to improve the software, cooking cycle and sensor control. Oh yeah, and we also baked (and ate) lots of cookies.
Once we proved we could cook great cookies in just about 10 minutes using accessible, affordable components, we were excited to bring CHiP to life with details that would give him character. We gave him a couple of touch switches for eyes and an LED strip for a mouth. We spent a lot of time improving the user experience by combining sounds, lights, cooking functions and the mobile app design to work together seamlessly for a fun, simple and convenient cooking experience.
We have been working hard on delivering CHiP to you! Here’s a timeline of our next steps.
Here’s the breakdown of what it will take to bring CHiP to life:
- Pure White with Light Gray Trim
- 12” Diameter x 6.5” Height
- 6 pounds
- 14” x 14” x 8.5”
- 8 pounds
- Lid: Glass
- Body: White Enameled Metal
- Base: Light Gray Enameled Metal
- Baking Tray: Non-stick PFOA and PTFE Free Coated Aluminum
- 2W speaker
- 16 bit/44.1Khz DAC
- 802.11 b/g/n
- 2.4-2.5 GHz/5 GHz
- 120 V/60 Hz
- 220 V/50 Hz
- Max. Load Current: 15A
- Rated Power: 1800W
- CE, ETL CUS, FCC
Why You Should Back CHiP
Now we need your help to bring CHiP to life. CHiP is great for anyone who loves cookies, and it belongs in your office, home, dorm room, hotel room, real estate open house, Airbnb, airport lounge, food truck, anywhere and everywhere cookies can be enjoyed!
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Risks and challenges
One challenge will be meeting all of the latest agency requirements for smart household appliances. We are designing for, testing to, and will meet all requirements in the UL 1026 Standard in the U.S. and are also planning to meet CE and CCC requirements for Europe and China. Our CPO comes from a major U.S. appliance manufacturer and has first-hand experience with agency testing and certification for ovens, including the first Wi-Fi connected ovens and ranges for the U.S. market.
Another important challenge will be internet security and continuous security updates. While connecting to the internet brings great features such as remote software updates, remote control, and our new Scan-n-Cook™ feature, it also exposes an appliance to the internet. Our CTO has great experience with internet security, having been a leader at a virtual currency trading company where security was mission critical.
Probably our biggest potential risk is losing the support of our backers and we believe that delivering a product on time with outstanding quality will be critical to our success. We think we are conservative with our production timeline and hope to get it out sooner than planned.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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