Here we are, April Fool’s Day again, which means you can’t trust any announcements from the tech world until at least tomorrow.
Nevertheless, many are having fun with it, creating weird and wonderful items that could, in our wildest dreams, come to life. After all, the iCade arcade cabinet for the iPad started out as a joke on Think Geek, and has spawned a whole line of arcade play peripherals for your mobile devices. In fact, many of Think Geek’s previous gag items have been turned into real products you can still buy.
But no one is quicker to get in on the joke than Google, who has yet again come up with their “newest” flagship product on April 1: Google Nose.
That’s right, for all of you who hope to explore the world through Smell-O-Vision, you can now use your Android device to identify smells like “new car,” “inside an Egyptian tomb” or “a ghost.” I’m waiting for the Google Glass peripheral that will allow for Google Nose integration when Glass is made widely available later this year.
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Venture Beat reports that this isn’t the only announcement by Google for April Fool’s Day: they released a video yesterday saying that they would be closing YouTube, and that it was a contest all along to select the world’s best video.
And if the 8-bit version of Google Maps wasn’t enough for you last year, you can now explore the world with the new “treasure map” layer – head to Google Maps to check it out now by clicking the filter on the top right corner of the map. Not wanting to leave anything out, Gmail also unveiled Gmail Blue, which is Gmail … but blue.
While Google certainly lead the charge on April Fool’s Day, they’re far from the only ones to get in on the fun. Twitter announced “Twttr” today, in an effort to improve efficiency. They’ll now be running a two-tier service: those who wish to use vowels in their tweets can do so, but it will cost you $5/month. IGN decided that Apple should offer a joke product, too, and announced the iPlay game console on the company’s behalf – which only lets you play Angry Birds.
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Never to let an April Fool’s Day go by without adding their new products to the mix, Think Geek announced eight new products to its website, including the Play-Doh 3D Printer and Bane Mask Walkie Talkies. We’ll have to wait and see if any of them actually become real items you can buy in the future.
Normally more focused on smartphones, Nokia opted to broaden its offerings today with the Nokia 5AM-TH1N6 Constellation, a touch-screen microwave modeled after its brightly coloured line of mobile phones. It includes the PureFood camera, which automatically shares pictures of your food when it's done cooking on all your social networks.
Sony has created a new line of mobile devices just for our furry friends called "Anamalia." Here's a first look at the tablet that will change your dog's life:
Virgin Mobile will be introducing the Mobile Smartstraw, a peripheral for your phone. If you find a picture of food while browsing, attach the straw to your phone and as their ad says, "suck in and enjoy the flavour!"
In keeping with Earth Day later this month, Samsung unveiled the Eco Tree, a 'smart' tree that comes with an array of features including FOTA (fragrance-over-the-air), SMART Cooling, SMART View (activated by climbing the tree) and Group Play, allowing more than one person to interact with the tree at one time. I suspect you'll start seeing knock-off sprouting up everywhere, but don't be fooled.
As more tech jokes are announced through the day, we’ll keep you updated.
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