Baked goods aren’t immune to the tech world’s attempts to Keurig-ify every known food: Get ready to make room on your already jam-packed kitchen counter for CHiP, a talking, Wi-Fi-controlled oven that bakes cookies that, for some reason, come in individual pods. The single-serve cottage industry already includes the supposed “Keurigs” of tortillas, marijuana, Jell-O shots, and even single-pot meals, but the creators say what sets CHiP apart is its superlative skill (“each cookie is perfectly baked, every time”). The device looks like an Easy-Bake oven hiding inside an Amazon Echo, and it’s pretty large. If it can get funded on Kickstarter in the next 28 days, it will eventually retail for $249. Buyers can also enroll in one of CHiP’s cookie subscription services, which start at $14 a month.
To get CHiP’s magical ten-minute cookies, you simply scan the pod’s QR code so the app recognizes which kind you’re trying to make; it sends specialized baking instructions to the device, and a four-inch infrared carbon-fiber convection oven bakes them to alleged perfection.
Once their sweets are baked, proud owners of a CHiP can also use the app to send CookieGrams — videos of them eating cookies that could be used to taunt hungry frenemies, who will inevitably respond by texting back pics of all of their free countertop space.