The newest idea in toaster ovens...since toaster ovens!
ToastBaker was originally conceived as an app-controlled, space-saving kitchen appliance, combining a toaster oven and a toaster into one compact vertical housing. The narrow, deep footprint of ToastBaker occupies half the width of most traditional toaster ovens, freeing valuable countertop space in small- and tiny-house kitchens, Granny suites, or RVs. Of course, even in moderately-sized kitchens, having more countertop space is always welcome! Other features:
infrared and convection heating for fast cooking times
app-controlled operation of the toaster oven
touch-panel controls with program memory
glass oven door with soft-touch handle
slide-out wire tray and baking pan
extra-wide toaster slots for bagels
Overall size: 13.0”H (330mm) x 8.0”W (203mm) x 14.5”D (368mm)
Oven capacity: 4.5”H (114mm) x 6.25”W (159mm) x 11.0”D ( 279mm)
The original ToastBaker concept was first sketched out in June of 2016, the first renderings were completed in early 2017; in October, ToastBaker was selected from over a hundred entries, as one of ten product concepts to be developed during a new industrial design web series at "tinkereng.com", designed to provide an inside look at the process of developing new electronic products. My provisional patent application was filed and subsequently granted, and through 2018 we had four online design consultations with the tinkereng team to help guide the process. Unfortunately, the program at "tinkereng.com" only lasted one season, however, Toastbaker development continued into 3D-printing and building the first prototype model.
Then, in mid-2018, ToastBaker was entered into a product search at Edison Nation, on behalf of Black & Decker, seeking new home appliances. From hundreds of entries, ToastBaker won a coveted spot on the shortlist, but ultimately, somewhat disappointingly, it was not selected for development.
Undeterred, a utility patent application was submitted in early 2019, with the claims were expanded to include a new design variation: a countertop appliance system which consists of a powered housing, and interchangeable cooking elements which snap into the housing frame. As good fortune would have it, this is the last standing claim of the application, which is now under final examination in March of 2022. An exciting new kitchen appliance is almost here...!
First sketch of proposed design.
ToastBaker V1 original design rendering. Shown with proposed full-color TFT touchscreen controls.
ToastBaker V2 redesign due to prohibitively-high cost of large TFT panel shown in V1. Uses small TFT screens and pushbutton controls.
ToastBaker V2 rendering with final details, showing both toaster and toaster oven in use. Presented in kitchen environment.
TOASTBAKER outer shell being 3D-printed in PLA.
TOASTBAKER model assembly underway; outer shell.
TOASTBAKER model assembly underway; interior parts.
TOASTBAKER model assembled; shown with door closed, and then open, with a real 6" chicken pot pie (!) in the toaster oven portion.
Rendering of TOASTBAKER V3, modular version, shown with optional cooking elements.