We did it! We finally made a time machine…. Well, more like a TIM3 MACHIN3™. What it lacks in ability to travel through time, it makes up for in saving time for you and your family.
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It makes up to 20 cups of rice. It makes it faster. And it makes it better.
And it also does much more.
Yogurt. Quinoa. Oatmeal. Slow Cooking. Steaming.
We’re hoping you can help us make it a reality.
How does it work?
Any backer is eligible for the accessories pack. Just add on $15 to your pledge and we'll make sure to send you the accessory pack as soon as it is available. Please note that it will ship separately from your TIM3 MACHIN3 as the accessory pack will not be completed until MARCH 2015.
With your help, we hit our $100K stretch goal on the last day of our project! Thanks! We'll be commissioning a professional chef to write a digital recipe guide calibrated specifically to the TIM3 MACHIN3! Ships digitally to ALL reward levels in April 2015. If you have a personal relationship with someone you think would be a fit, please message us or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obviously a rice cooker should make rice. They all do. But there are some problems with the rice cookers that are out there (at least the ones that cost less than a car payment).
Rice takes too long to cook, especially brown rice. What’s the point of automating the cooking if you've got to sit around and wait 2 hours for your rice to finish? We souped up the TIM3 MACHIN3 with 900 watts of power to help get rid of this problem. The result? Our white rice cooks up to 30% faster than competing rice cookers. And brown rice is up to a whopping 45% faster.
Another problem: rice burns on the bottom. You cook a couple cups of rice, only to be dismayed by the fact that there's a yellowy-brown skin of rice lining the bottom of the pot when you stir it up to serve. Dry yellow chunks in your rice don’t do anyone any good. So we configured our TIM3 MACHIN3 to solve this issue. With each batch of rice cooked in the TIM3 MACHIN3 you’ll see the rice at the bottom is still nicely cooked, not scorched earth.
Quinoa is, well, super. NASA has called it almost a perfect food thanks to the amount of protein and nutrition packed in it. Cooking it at home can often end in either a gloopy gruel or what tastes like a big bowl of sand. Since quinoa is a grain (well technically a seed, but it cooks a lot like a grain), a rice cooker should be a perfect way to cook it. But using the same methodology as rice just doesn't pan out. So after a ton of trials, we found that tweaking the cooking logic ever so slightly and including a “toasting” stage prior to cooking really unlocks the flavor potential of this nutritional powerhouse.
Sure, there’s are a ton of yogurt makers out there already. What they don't tell you is that before those yogurt makers do anything, you’ve got to get milk in a double boiler, heat it, measure the temperature, hold it there, pull it off the burner, let it cool to just the right temperature, then finally add the starter and put it in the yogurt “maker.” That’s so much work it made a run-on sentence long enough to make any English teacher shake their head in disgust.
The TIM3 MACHIN3 makes yogurt making something that's actually easy to do at home. It uses its brain to do all this for you. It heats the milk. Then holds it at the right temperature. It lets the milk cool. It tells you when it’s time to add the starter. Then it makes the yogurt for as long as you set it.
Rice cookers again provide a perfect method for making this, but have never quite gotten it right, particularly with steel cut oatmeal. Leaving it to cook in the rice cooker with the lid closed can lead to you coming back to a Mt. Vesuvius-like explosion of starch all over the cooker and your counter.
We got tired of having to deal with that and so did our counter tops. So we developed a specialized Oatmeal function for the TIM3 MACHIN3 to cook any type of oatmeal perfectly without any starch-canic eruptions.
Plus, with the TIM3 MACHIN3’s delay timer you can add your oatmeal and water the night before and wake up to a hot and ready breakfast.
Slow cooking has been such a popular cooking method for so long for a reason. Not only do you get incredible flavor, it’s really, really easy too. A rice cooker and a slow cooker really aren’t that different: both have a heating element under a pot. So we made the TIM3 MACHIN3 a slow cooker too.
Set the TIM3 MACHIN3 to 4, 6 or 8 hours and it will cook your food at a low temperature, slowly increasing as the cooking time comes to a close. So you'll end up with that fall-off-the-bone-flavor everyone loves. It’s just like a digital 4-quart slow cooker, if only a digital slow cooker could do all these other awesome things.
The TIM3 MACHIN3 also has a programmable steaming option so you can tell it how long to steam your food. It won’t start counting down until the water comes to a boil, so you’re programming exactly how long your food will steam. And you don’t need to keep one eye on the kitchen while it cooks. It’ll automatically switch over to warm once your set time has passed. With a steam tray that hangs above the pot, it’s also a great way to make a complete meal all in the TIM3 MACHIN3. Add your protein and vegetables to the steam tray and have them steam above while rice or quinoa cooks below!
The key to the TIM3 MACHIN3’s success is our Fuzzy Logic 2.0™ system.
We developed a smarter brain for our TIM3 MACHIN3 that’s able to handle this heavy cooking load. Our powerful 900-watt heating element (compared to the 650-watt average for rice cookers), allows us to cook faster and make quicker temperature adjustments while cooking.
A sensor both above and below the cooking pot works in conjuncture with our big rice cooker brain to ensure your food cooks perfectly every time.
And lastly, we made our cooking pot 20% thicker than the industry standard to prevent the browning that’s so prevalent in rice cookers. We also coated it with a long-life, PFOA-free nonstick coating from Whitford to enhance nonstick release and durability.
We’re really close to making the TIM3 MACHIN3 a reality. After multiple trips to Asia, we finally identified the right manufacturing partner. We’ve completed our prototypes, received our US electrical safety standard approval (thanks Intertek!) and even finished a pilot run of 50 units. There are a few tooling modifications we need to make in order to get the level of quality we want to achieve. We’re hoping the Kickstarter community can help us achieve our dream.
Once we reach our modest goal of $10,000, we’ll be able to move forward with production and have TIM3 MACHIN3’s in stock and ready to ship prior to Christmas 2014. Your support is highly appreciated. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
We're very confident in our ability to bring the TIM3 MACHIN3 to market, as our team has collectively launched over 50 rice cookers for previous employers. However, there are still challenges that exist. As mentioned in our video, there are some tooling modifications that need to be completed in order to get the TIM3 MACHIN3 just right. We need the help of the Kickstarter community to complete these modifications.
While there is always a risk of delays when making tooling modifications, we are very confident that with your support we can overcome any challenges in order to deliver the TIM3 MACHIN3.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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