The internet has transformed April Fools’ Day from nearly irrelevant to a day to look forward to. In recent years tech companies have become notorious for using April 1st as a launchpad for fun pranks, fake products and ridiculous announcements. Here are some of the best fake tech releases from the nation’s top companies in the last several years.
Google Self-Driving Bike
As one of the leaders in innovation, it is no surprise that Google had something up their sleeve for April Fool’s Day. Last year, Google Netherlands introduced their newest invention, the Self-Driving Bicycle , only available in the cycling city of Amsterdam. Not only was this fake product announced, but Google also made an entire promotional video featuring the bike!
Google Cardboard Plastic
Google didn’t stop at just a bike, they continued their shenanigans when launching Google Cardboard Plastic, “virtual reality goggles that didn’t get in the way of reality”. Fully immersive and lightweight, these clear glasses ultimately poked fun at VR technology and those that use it.
Duolingo Pillow Hablar
On last year’s April Fools’ Day, Duolingo took learning languages to the next level when introducing the Duolingo pillow. With a cerebral cortex cushion and linguistic reinforcement vibration, this pillow was supposedly made to enhance the language learning process of anyone who used it. To many consumers’ dismay, this product was quickly discovered to be a prank.
T-Mobile Binge Watching Headgear
Telecommunications company T-Mobile announced a new device called “Binge on Up” last year. The fake product was basically a headset that would hold the users phone in front of their face allowing easy binge-watching of TV while doing other activities. While the promotions for the fake product looked a little silly, all of us have probably had a few moments where we could have used such a product.
Last year KAYAK, a travel engine that displays airfare and car rentals, transformed its homepage into an arcade game. Complete with games like “Hopper” (Frogger) and “Tetro” (Tetris), this prank definitely distracted some travelers.
While you’re mapping out your mischievous plans for this April Fool’s Day, don’t forget to check out the “new” tech that’s being released by companies like Google and Duolingo!