Best tech April Fools' jokes

Tech tales that were too good to be true: T3 rounds up the best tech April Fools' jokes that broke out on the web over the past few years

April Fool’s day has always been something of a day to love and fear at the same time...especially if your boss decides to give you a warning for tardiness and you respond by laughing and punching him on the arm.

But the internet, with its constantly updated wealth of content, is just MADE for April Fool’s jokes, and there have been some crackers in the past. Here are some of T3’s favourites over the last few years.

Want to see the top pranks from last year? You can also check out the best April Fools' Day videos from 2012

 

Amazon: Real cloud computing 

Amazon Web Services announced the Floating Amazon Cloud Environment, or FACE. The idea? Airships with light servers that would float towards you when needed. They could be accessed over WiMax or, if you have line of sight, "lasers are the way to go". But of course.

 

BBC shows off penguins that can fly

In an attempt to publicise the newly created iPlayer, the BBC enlisted Terry Jones to 'report' on a discovery of flying penguins. Using some top-notch CG, the film showed a whole host of penguins flying north for the winter to the rainforests before basking in some rays. The YouTube page hosting the clip has some marvellous comments on it, including the very helpful: "Good video effects but penguins are not able to achieve flight". Thanks for that.

 

Download your brain onto a 2GB memory stick

IWOOT were still having fun designing crazy products back in 2006, when they released the Memory Stick that lets you download your thoughts onto a 2GB flash drive.

The idea was you could back up all your thoughts onto your PC to stop you forgetting them in your old age... the only problem was you would probably lose the stick as soon as you'd finished. Or not, seeing as it was fictional, but we're always on the lookout for practical problems.

Link: I Want One Of Those

 

Google and Virgin team up to settle on Mars

Think Google. Think Virgin. What's next? Well, obviously Virgle, an 'interplanetary Noah's Ark' according to the press release issued by Richard Branson, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Not only was there a whole web site set up to describe a plan to colonise Mars, but you could even take a questionnaire to find out if you'd qualify for the expedition. Users posted their 30-second video applications in droves, whether looking for the chance to FINALLY make it onto the Red Planet, or just going for 15 milliseconds of fame.

Link: Google

 

Hide-a-pod

Fed up of your iPod or shiny new iPhone getting mucky or worse still, stolen? Well, pop it in this Hide-a-Pod Zune case that makes would be thieves or muddy puddles think twice about meddling with your PMP. It might not be real, but it poked fun at the lack of interest in Microsoft's Zune in 2007.

Link: Hide A Pod

 

Internet Spring Cleaning

All the way back in 1997, when the internet was a tiny little network of around 10 people (ish), there was a hoax going round that 'net-lovers needed to disconnect from the world wide web for 24 hours. This was because 'during that 24 hour period, five powerful Internet-crawling robots situated around the world will search the Internet and delete any data they find'. This was similar to the old hoax of asking people to cover their phones in plastic in order to prevent dust flying out when the lines were being 'cleaned'.

Link: Snopes

 

iPhone controlled Wi-Fi Eagle (2011)

Set to take flight in 2000 and never, gadget developer Thumbs Up dreamt up the remote controlled Eagle concept that is powered by the sun and features GPS tracking. Downloading a free "Bird's i" App will give you full control from your PC, iPad or iPhone. Wojtek Kolan, Business Development Director and Co-founder of Thumbs Up, said, "It's our greatest invention yet - it's truly unbelievable." Yes, unbelievable would be the word we were looking for...

 

iPod control - via your mind!

There's nothing like a spoofed video to make you think: 'Is that real? I know it's April 1st, but... is that real?' Well, the iPhone mind control kit was actually dreamed up right here in T3 Towers, and it seems enough of the Apple fan base were waiting for such a device for it to be taken seriously by one too many of them. But imagine if it were real: winking to change the volume, wiggling your eyebrows to enable shuffle and just thinking of a song to change the track. That could happen, right?

Link: T3

 

Kodak: Aromatography (2010)

"Imagine seeing an image of flowers and experiencing all the aromas that accompany the visual experience." Using Neuro-Optic-Nasal-Sense (or NONSense) you can. Erm, yes...

Link: Kodak

 

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