2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
Skype, the original and perhaps best known of all the VoIP firms, beloved of dogs and the NSA alike, says that it has developed a method for making 3–D video calls––but is being held back by the tech found in consumer devices.
Although the firm has done a lot of research, the problem lies with the cameras on consumer devices. “The capture devices are not yet there,” said Gillett. “As we work with that kind of technology you have to add multiple cameras to your computer, precisely calibrate them, and point them at the right angle. We have it in the lab, we know how to make it work and we’re looking at the ecosystem of devices and their capability to support it in order to make a decision when we might think about bringing something like that to market.”
The real question is this: Is Microsoft the firm to bring such a device to market? Perhaps an incoming CEO––Steve Ballmer announced he would be stepping down last week––might have the vision to marry 3–D gaming technology with that of mobile innovation. This, concedes Gillett, is a long way in the future.
“I can imagine a day when you have a 3–D cellphone screen that doesn’t need 3–D glasses to use it. It’s less clear to me that we’re close to having 3–D cameras on cellphones,” he told the BBC. “We’re in the first year of your TV at home potentially having a camera attached to it, but we’re several years away from the cameras capturing 3–D in that context. You’ll see much more penetration of 3–D on TVs, on computers, and ultimately in smartphones, probably, ahead of seeing it for sending a video call.”
Domino's Specialty Chicken: It's like regular pizza, except instead of a crust, there's fried chicken. The company's marketing officer calls it "one of the most creative, innovative menu items we have ever had” -- brain power put to good use.
KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.