April fool’s Day this year has proved to be a bit unconventional with Google, Sony, Thinkgeek and others joining the bandwagon in introducing novel concept for fooling and making people laugh. The most spectacular prank came from Thinkgeek that included a diet coke rocket and Sony unveiled a ghost catching device.
Like previous years, some things never change: Google really likes April Fools’ Day, Thinkgeek always boasts the products you wish were real, although they may have been topped by Sony this year.
Let’s check out how tech is trying to prank us in 2016.
Let’s start with Google
Because they really go all in this time of year. With virtual reality soaking up the spotlight, it’s only natural Google takes it to the next level of Google Cardboard Plastic.
“As good as VR is, it’s never been quite as real as, well… real life,” reads a description on Google’s official blog. Plus who can argue with a design like this?
Google loved its emojis this year, offering users the option to search for photos using only emojis. Might want to use caution searching for “eggplant” though.
However, not every joke went over well with its audience. In email client Gmail, Google introduced the Mic Drop, which would include a GIF of a minion from the movie Minions dropping the mic any time you send a message. That’s great and all, unless you need to send a serious email.
“Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year,” reads a statement from Google. “Due to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry.”
Thinkgeek wins. Again.
So much April Fools’ goodness here. As always, the online retailer owns this day. Here are three of their best items:
Vertical Landing Mentos & Diet Coke Rocket.
It travels 30 feet in the air, and is easy to set up. It comes with a soda bottle main thrust rocket, three smaller stability rockets, aquarium tubing, and 2 packs of peppermint Mentos. Diet Coke sold separately.
The best part is thanks to the stability rockets, the device will land itself. Amazing.
Star Trek White Noise Sleep Machine
Can’t fall asleep? Enjoy the soothing sounds of the USS Enterprise or the DS9 Operations Center. It also projects a moving starfield on your ceiling, and includes an LCARS touch screen display and “red alert” alarm system. Why isn’t this real again?
Attack on Titan Colossal Titan Lawn Ornament
It’s a 25-foot titan on your lawn. Not sure I need to do more to sell you on this.