It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it?
Disney has done it again. As if it wasn’t enough to debunk the cowboy/spaceman feud with computer generated toy stories, Disney is out to revolutionize the birthday cake, by replacing all of our chocolate chips with computer chips!
Imagination scientists (or as Disney calls them, Funtime Professors) were recently awarded a patent for “Projector Systems and Methods For Producing Digitally Augmented, Interactive Cakes and Other Food Products.” In other words, they got an award for never getting past the “playing-with-my-food” phase.
Here is Disney’s explanation of how the phenomenon will work.
The system would be capable of detecting the topography of a cake which essentially means that if a slice were to be cut out, it could detect the missing piece and respond appropriately. For example, cut out a slice where there’s a simulated lake and you may instantly create a waterfall in which water is now represented as flowing down the sides of the new missing cake portion. Additionally, props and specially coded utensils could trigger events such as Tinker Bell flying around the cake and leaving a trail of pixie dust when someone waves a wand in front of the cake. Perhaps Captain Hook would instantly appear and draw his sword, preparing for battle, as someone approaches the cake with a knife.
How long do you think these cakes can stay innocent? As long as the cakes stick with classic “Disney cartoon” motifs and stray from the “Disney diva in rehab” themes, these cakes may just make an appearance at our next party.