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Desc:This is real. It is not from Achewood or Shadowrun.
Category:Advertisements, Science & Technology
Tags:keyboard, fast food, KFC, cyberpunk IRL
Submitted:Albuquerque Halsey
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Comment count is 28
Jet Bin Fever - 2015-05-19
just MINDBOGGLING. Whyyyyyyyyy?
yogarfield - 2015-05-19

infinite zest - 2015-05-20
Yeah.. if this works in general it's pretty fucking amazing, and solves the fact that texting with a smartphone really does suck compared to regular typing. I remember hearing speculation about how the iPhone 4 (or maybe it was 5) would have some sort of hologram keyboard that could pop up and be used on a desk or something, but this seems even more practical, especially if it can fold up and fit in a pocket. I'm one step closer to just throwing away my laptop completely. That being said, a slight moral dilemma. Not only do I not like KFC's food or business model, but I have also not patronized a fast food restaurant for 15 years. So.. now they have something I really want, and can probably get it if I order a diet coke, but then I'm breaking my own rule.

EvilHomer - 2015-05-20
I love how we've come so far that we're just now discovering this cool new invention called the keyboard.

infinite zest - 2015-05-20
A keyboard that you can just throw away or whatever is pretty cool to me, like in those movies in the future where people are still reading the newspaper on the subway, but it's all digital and moving. For those not involved in the plot of the movie, those digital newspapers are probably going to wind up as lining for their guinea pigs' and rabbits' cages.

EvilHomer - 2015-05-20
I'd rather have a keyboard you don't have to throw away, but could keep, and would work fine for years and years without needing to be scraped and replaced (presumably with a brand new one you had to buy at full price).

Computer hardware should be like a straight razor, not a package of disposables!

Jet Bin Fever - 2015-05-21
Call me when they invent a keyboard you can cover in ranch and eat. THAT I would be excited about!

IrishWhiskey - 2015-05-19
But... you still need to touch the screen for all sorts of stuff, like swapping contacts. A keyboard alone doesn't substitute for a touch interface phone. And wouldn't people just eat with one hand and type with the other? Or if you wanted to protect the screen, isn't a plastic glove cheaper?

Why do I think this came about when some desperate social media consultant was told to come up with 500 ways to mix eating KFC and social media due the next morning? And this was idea 497?
infinite zest - 2015-05-20
Good point. I also like how this campaign alludes to the obvious fact that kfc is greasy as fuck and a steady diet of nothing but whiskey and cigarettes is probably the healthier choice (for your liver and your phone.)

The Mothership - 2015-05-19
Oh this absolutely came about when some desperate social media consultant was told to come up with 500 ways to mix eating KFC and social media due the next morning, don't think it wasn't.
STABFACE - 2015-05-19
These stars are for the greatest description to ever grace the poetv frontpage.
infinite zest - 2015-05-20
Does it make me uncool to know what both of those things are but not what they're alluding to in their respective lexicons?

Killer Joe - 2015-05-20
Haha, no. That makes you much more likely to be real world cool in fact.

Albuquerque Halsey - 2015-05-20
Achewood because this sounds like something ray and roast beef would invent; and shadowrun because this is very technodystopian, and SR is more recognizable than cyberpunk2020.

That guy - 2015-05-19
Minor point, here, but the song forgot whistling and/or music box and/or banjo.
Boomer The Dog - 2015-05-20
It did have the hand clap and nondescript native folk chant singing though. It did forget the high pitched singing.

I sure am tired of modern production music like this, it doesn't help comprehension any better than silence would. It says to me, "Here's another product that just lies there."


EvilHomer - 2015-05-20
Agreed 100% Boomer. I think the point of "iPhone music" is that it's supposed to be disarming and non-threatening. I get the "Here's another product that just lies there." vibe, too, but I don't think the advertisers would mind me having that feeling much. As long as I'm brushing this off as just another product that lies there, I'm not worrying about other stuff, like whether KFC is going to be mining my data, why modern mobile devices (with their ever-flimsier touchscreens) almost never have peripheral keyboards available already, or whether I should even be eating at KFC in the first place. Instead I am focused on the soundtrack, and I wind up mildly annoyed with the music, mildly interested in the product.

Better soundtrack. Mute left:

yogarfield - 2015-05-20
***** for all of this ^

Boomer The Dog - 2015-05-21
Hi Homer, That's true, we're all to be complacent and absorb. I wouldn't be surprised if a place like Panera or Starbucks came out with a keyboard as much as I am that Kentucky Fried Chicken did. I'm interested in the keyboard, for the technology of it and wouldn't mind having one to check out! I have a tablet with Bluetooth, which is not bad to type on anyway, bu the KFC-Key could be neat.

Enjoy your vacation from your phone Homer. I've read about that too, where 'gorilla glass' is very strong, but can break because they make it too thin.


Bort - 2015-05-20
gravelstudios - 2015-05-20
I own YUM stock. I regularly go to KFC. I think this is absolutely idiotic. But then again, I don't own a cell phone because when i sit down to eat, I want to be left damn well alone.
betabox - 2015-05-20
But . . . but . . . you MUST incessantly and obsessively share each and every detail of your life with everyone. How else do you know you're valid?

SolRo - 2015-05-20
And I wore an onion on my belt, as that was the fashion at the time

Mister Yuck - 2015-05-20
How in the hell do you not own a cell phone? It's probably the most useful thing I own.

EvilHomer - 2015-05-20
Mine broke a couple weeks ago, and it's quite liberating not being able to check Wikipedia, browse Youtube, look at the time, or make 911 calls whenever I want to.

I'm thinking of replacing it with a moderately-sized tablet/laptop, between 10 and 14 inches, dual OS Windows 8/ Android, and enough specs to run Photoshop CS5. Resistive touchscreen, NOT capacitive, would be a plus. Any ideas, poeTV?

jfcaron_ca - 2015-05-20
I've never had a cell phone (and I write C++ and Python code for a living, so I'm no luddite), and while it's a gigantic pain in the ass in specific circumstances, I really enjoy not being connected all the time. I miss the days when I didn't have internet at home either...I would read, cook good food, go for walks. Nowadays if I have my computer at home I just watch poetv & twitch all evening. =\

gravelstudios - 2015-05-20
I don't have a cell phone because I just don't want one. It's as simple as that. We're already living in a zombie apocalypse, but instead of some mutant virus turning people into zombies, it's their gadgets. Remember that episode of Star Trek TNG with the addictive headset video game? That's what the average cell phone user looks like to me. The more time I spend around other people who have them, the less I want one. And I'm currently going back to college for computer programming, so I'm no luddite either. But I choose to live in the moment, I think the sky is beautiful, and when I'm having a conversation or watching a movie, I give it my full attention. I can think of no way in which a cell phone would meaningfully improve my life, and a million ways in which it would detract from it.

dairyqueenlatifah - 2015-05-20

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