You may remember that at this point last year we published a post that featured some of our top April Fools jokes from around the web, featuring a ton of jokes from Google, Twitter, Firebox and even Barclaycard.
Now that it is the year of 2014 it’s time to do it all once again, so far we only have a few selections to choose from, but we will be sure to update this post as soon as more jokes turn up.
Probably one of the coolest April Fools jokes we have seen today is a trailer released by Respawn Entertainment, displaying upcoming DLC for Titanfall, the trailer shows off some gameplay for an upcoming DLC pack called Titanfall Prime, which will include a skin for your titan that will change him into Optimus Prime.
The reason this is so particularly good is because of how well made it is, its so well made that it’s actually believable.
Our first is one of many from Google (well we expect to see many anyway), and is an advertisement for a new Pokémon that uses Google Maps, allowing the user to use their smartphone to see Pokémon right in front of them.
“Dozens of wild Pokémon have taken up residence on streets, amidst forests and atop mountains throughout Google Maps,” explained Google. “To catch ’em all, grab your Poké Ball and the newest version of Google Maps for iPhone or Android. Then tap the search bar, press start, and begin your quest.”
Not to be outdone by Google, Nokia has released their own April Fools’ Day project for their HERE maps application, called HERE Papyrus it brings augmented reality maps to tear-proof polymer paper.
“We have taken the lauded feature of the digital app and overlaid this information onto our HERE Papyrus paper maps, meaning urban explorers can see their synched collections, discover major landmarks and points of interest by simply holding HERE Papyrus directly in front of them,” said Sehr Gefälschte, HERE Papyrus product manager.
Opera have also released their own video trailer for a new browser application, which doesn’t at first sound like a joke, that part comes with the fact that it has been made specifically for cats, using one of the internets most searched queries to its advantage.
Check out the trailer for Cats by Opera above.
Next up is a cool one from Domino’s, and is an edible box for pizza orders called the Edibox, ready to not only fill the consumer up, but also ready to cut down the amount of wast you have the day after.
Domino’s says the Edibox “is made using our patented crust technology, the Edibox is perfect for sharing, tearing and dipping.”
It’s a pretty cool idea, and one that we can only wish wasn’t an April Fools’ Day joke.
The Pirate Bay has also got in the action, announcing “the biggest step in our history.” Here’s their post:
In cooperation with russian, israeli and japanese neuro scientists, we are developing a device that will embrace your entire mind. Using laser projections directly onto the retina it’ll no longer be any resolution but 100%. The sound will be delivered in a range from 12Hz to 79kHz and will cancel all noise from the outside world.
Using a simple plugin into the the brain, you will no longer only be able to see and hear a movie, a game or whatever it is you want. You’ll be able to live it. Play the main character. Tweak any story in any way you want.
Using your brain power and nervous system, we will be able to speed things up. Every part of The Pirate Bay will be stored within you and everyone else that dares to participate in this step into the future. The more we are, the faster everything will be. Our scientists calculate that if we become at least 1 333 337 nodes, everything will be shared instantaneously.
Forget about the outside world. This is the new.
There’s now a few more from Google, starting with the Google Glass Solo, which takes the same features and ideas as the normal Google Glass device and puts it into one display, allowing the monocle lovers out there to enjoy Google Glass too.
Google Japan has also come up with a device they are calling the “Google Japanese Input magic hand”, which has been designed to provide more comfortable operation on the touch panel by controlling the magic hand to do everything for you.
Next up is one for Gmail, still from Google it has been named Gmail Shelfie, which is basically a shareable selfie.
We all like taking selfies, starts Gmail’s April Fools’ prank before going on to say that many find it hard to share them with others.
Here’s the release statement from Google:
“As the pioneering platform for selfies, Gmail is committed to being at the forefront of innovation in the selfie space. And we think it’s a tragedy that your handsome hair, luscious lashes and beautiful brows have been trapped in your own inbox. Until now, that is.”
“Gmail Shelfie is built on the idea that you shouldn’t be selfish with your selfie. With just a few clicks, your mom, your aunt, or that girl you have a crush on can set your Shelfie as their Gmail theme so they can enjoy checking, reading, and writing emails while seeing your friendly face in the background.”
And that’s still not all, Google also released an update for Google+ that will automatically add celebrities in your photos, photo booming it whenever they get the chance to.
The first celebrity to sign up is David Hasselhoff, who will be providing “everyone’s favourite crime-fighting rockstar lifeguard”.
And the best thing is that it actually works, go ahead and try it out for yourself.
HTC has also released the HTC Gluuv, a device that combines the smartphone with a glove.
”Imagine the power of complete smartphone creative freedom. Now imagine that freedom in the shape of a glove.” HTC said in their release.
The glove itself has been designed to integrate with the HTC One M8, and features a 87.2 megapixel camera on the back of the hand for an armed selfie.
Its not just Google either, BMW has also got in the action releasing a new advert for a new product called the Ultimate Sleeping Machine”, which is a baby cot that “embodies the spirit of The Ultimate Driving Machine”.
Given the name, BMW ZZZ Series Cot, the product combines German engineering with advanced technology to help your baby sleep better and longer in complete safety and comfort.
Peugeot’s head of audio sonic personalisation, Orvil Pondaiss also revealed a new scheme by the company, which allows users to create their own personal sound horns, all a user need to do is upload their sound to their car and their ready to go, be it “Birdsong or Bach, Jazz Trumpet or Dubstep, the only limit will be our customers’ imaginations.”
BMW also revealed an artificial G-force technology called the Force Injection Booster, which simulates the effects of driving at high speed to create a “thrilling ride”, it does this by extracting kinetic energy from the car’s engine and converting it into positive g-forces, which it then channels directly at the driver and passengers through the car’s air conditioning vents.
There’s also a mild electric current that will be delivered through the front seats.
Finally BMW finished off with another April Fools joke, this time for the MINI Cooper.
The joke involves the new MINI Cooper T, which is a vehicle that is said to be powered completely from tea, and can go as far as 40 miles from a single cup of tea, and features DAT or Dunk Avoidance Technology, which inserts biscuits into the MINI T’s fuel tank in order to provide the driver and passers by a few moistened snack.
Next up is a rather funny one from Virgin Active, who are unveiling something they are calling Smarty Pants, which is a new bum-hugging device that has been designed to count the number of cheek squeezes during the course of a day.
Tong Incheek, from Virgin Active said: “The nation’s obsession with twerking, Kim Kardashian and the ‘Belfie’ mean that 2014 is undoubtedly the year of the bottom. Never have bottoms had so much media attention and as a result, Brits are demanding ways to ensure their butts are in as pert as possible. Wristbands that count miles might be smart, but the newest and most innovative trends in wearable tech focus on specific muscle groups such as the glutes. The SmartyPants are the first in a long line of tech we have in development, we hope to bring out Pec-tometer T-shirts and Bicep-ometer Vests by next April.”
And that’s not all, Virgin also announced a new partnership between Virgin America and Nest to provide personalised climate control at 35,000 feet, allowing users to select a number of settings that range from ‘Cancun Afternoon’ to ‘Chicago Polar Vortex’.
Their blog post announcement explains:
“Why should you have to wait to arrive at your vacation destination to enjoy tropical weather, when you can turn the heat up from your very own seat? This is the biggest aircraft seat breakthrough since Virgin introduced seatback entertainment 20 years ago.”
The online food retailer Ocado also unveiled their own tablet, not to be outdone by Tesco’s Hudi, the store claims to have the world’s largest tablet, sized at a massive 42 inches, it has been dubbed the sLablet, and allows users to escape the conformity of having a normal sized tablet, in favour of a 4K screen.
Neil Simmons, Vice President of Ocado technology’s quadro-fabricated division said: “The market for tablets of this size is literally massive. Precision-engineered and weighing in at a svelte 35,000 grams, the sLablet has been designed with every consumer in mind, from David Haye to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson.”
The press release also mentions that “its next generation 12-megapixel, HD camera features image stabilisation so muscle spasms induced by holding the sLablet don’t ruin users’ selfies.”
Ryan Lipowitz, head of technological innovational-innovations at Ocado technology added: “We found that 80 per cent of the time, 40 per cent of people needed a device that had 120 per cent the power of desktop, 12 per cent of the time. Once you hold one in your arms you will understand what an incredible advancement this is, delivering all-lunch battery life in the biggest full-sized tablet in the world.”
Orbitix, the makers of the smartphone controlled orb, Sphero also announced the SelfieBot, a flying orb which has been designed to take the perfect selfie photos by hovering next to the user.
The release explains: “Unlike our other robots, SelfieBot is fully autonomous, sentient and capable of flight. Forged from cutting-edge technology and programmed with advanced artificial intelligence, its primary objective is to hover at your side, recording your life in high definition detail. Forever.”
Samsung has also announced a new product that will provide better Wi-Fi coverage with the aid of London’s pigeons, dubbed Fi-Fly they are currently testing the project with 50 birds, all of whom are ready to distribute Wi-Fi with the attached Fi-Fly micro-routers.
Tim Verhoeven, project director, Samsung innovation labs explained: “This is about thinking laterally – using one nuisance, pigeons, to fix another, a lack of Wi-Fi. It is a breakthrough of sorts but of course pigeons have always been at the forefront of mobile communications technology. From the sixth century BC, pigeons have been used as the fastest and most reliable way to send messages over great distances. As you’re never far from a pigeon in London, we think this idea could really take off.”
Ralf Lopio, senior pigeon engineer at Samsung added: “Pigeons have a natural inbuilt GPS function called ‘homing’ and are non-migratory so we won’t lose signal in the winter. They are also natural conductors of electricity because they have hollow bones. This means they will be able to recharge the micro-routers when they perch on power lines.”
This year Nokia will also be releasing a redesigned version of the Nokia 3310, with the latest Windows Phone OS and a 41-Megapixel camera on the back, bringing some of the best features from their Lumia range into one of the most iconic phones of all time (if you don’t know what a 3310 is, your likely pretty darn young).
Juha Alakarhu, Nokia head of Imaging Technologies, said:
“I’m really excited that we’ve found a way to marry our innovative PureView technology with such a beloved device. With its durable design and iconic look, we think even more people will enjoy our signature PureView magic ”
Norman Gage, also added the following:
“It’s an historic day. For five years, we’ve worked hard to make our voice heard and now our dreams are about to become reality. Personally, I’d have preferred to keep the five-line, monochrome screen, six ringing-tone volume levels and original message templates, but you can’t win them all!”
YouTube have also released their annual YouTube joke, this time in the form of a video, they jock about how they have written, shoot and uploaded some of the world’s most popular viral videos, as well as show us some of the crazes that will become viral next year, including:
Clocking First Look http://goo.gl/6I5zn0
Kissing Dad First Look http://goo.gl/NmoVPJ
Glub Glub First Look http://goo.gl/dMnMU4
***Official Glub Glub Water Dance song available on the YouTube Audio Library: http://goo.gl/Qblwns
They also want users to submit their own viral trend ideas with #newtrends, from which they will later create actual YouTube Trends from. Were not sure if they are serious on that last part or not…
SwiftKey’s 2014 edition of April Fools’ jokes is a new smart typing interface for keyboards, which will allow users to slide their fingers across a real life keyboard to type up to 257 per cent faster.
Joe Braidwood, SwiftKey’s chief marketing officer, said: “With Flow Hard, you can enjoy double the productivity at work, in under half the time – with half the hands. This is a radical new direction for not only typing technology, but for everyone who slaves away at a computer or laptop on a daily basis. Sure, Flow Hard might hurt from time to time, or even give you blisters, but in testing we’ve seen up to 257 per cent gains in efficiency and that’s what really matters. Flow Hard or go home.”
Firebox also have their own April Fools’s Day jokes, which have all just gone like on the site, and include Cranston Pickle, which is Branston Pickle but with a blue colour. Firebox says “it possesses a distinctive and curiously addictive flavour, so if you’ve not tried this potent pickle before, maybe your best course is to spread lightly.”
Joining Cranston, the site also revealed a Trim Jong-Un kit, which allows users to trim their hair to look like Jim Jong-Un (a reference to some recent laws by the leader), a Katie Hoppins’ talking head, which apparently never shuts up, the world’s largest Sphero, which is over 2500x the size of the original Sphero, Rhino Shield glazing for windows, that can reportedly absorb 5x the impact energy of standard double glazing, and finally a grow your own chicken.
Actually the finally part of that is a lie, as there’s one more, called the I-Ron, it is a product that allows the user to control their iron from anywhere using Wi-Fi.
Let us know what you think of all these April Fools jokes in the comments below, also let us know if we have missed any and we might add them to the article.