Hope you had a wonderful April Fools’ day. As usual most of the major companies, including Google, got into the mischievous spirit. So we decided to give you a taste of some of the best pranks of 2013. Some of these are surprisingly believable, the attention to detail was staggering.
- Google Nose Beta
- YouTube Shut down
- Gmail Blue
- The White House – Kid President
- Virgin’s Glass-Bottomed Plane
- Sony For Pets
- Google Photos +Emotion
- Google Analytics
- Google SCHMICK
- Google’s Levity Algorithm
- Toshiba’s Console (ToshibaSphere)
- SPHERO PEACEKEEPER
- True & Remote Control Bra
Google Nose Beta
This year Google poked fun at its own Google Glass project with its “Google Nose”. Google Nose allows the user to search the net for smells using its fifteen million “SentiByte database” of smells???
YouTube Shut down
Like some people, I actually believed this when I first saw the video, mainly because it was released the day before April Fools’ and it seemed slightly plausible.
YouTube announced that at midnight they will be stopping uploads to the site and selecting the best video, they even got some famous YouTube celebrities to star in the video.
YouTube even took this further by live streaming the first day of the nomination ceremony…
The winner of the worst April fools day prank has to be Gmail Blue. It’s pretty much Gmail but with blue buttons. It apparently took six years to develop the technology and the video even features the Blue Man Group.
It’s Gmail only bluer.
The White House – Kid President
The winner of this year’s April Fools’ has to go to the White House, with this bizarre but cute video.
Virgin’s Glass-Bottomed Plane
We hope to trial the glass bottom technology with other Virgin airlines in time and have asked other Virgin companies to support this innovative trial and launch our new domestic Scottish route. This really is a team effort from all corners of Virgin.
Sony For Pets
According to Sony:
The introductory line-up includes Sony-branded products targeted at owners with dogs, cats and hamsters, with additional devices and networked services slated for release later this year. Check out this video to learn all about our new K9 4K TV, M3-OW KittyCans, and In-Cage Speakers.
Google Photos +Emotion
This feature gives the user the option to add stylized emotions to photos. It detects the emotional depths of people in the photos then summarizes their feelings with a beautiful emotion icon. Have a look at the original post here.
Some people may have noticed yesterday that they had a few new international visitors looking at their sites. Google included visitors from the International Space Station who seem to have nothing better to do than check out your WordPress Blog. Original post here.
Google wants to help you give your house a makeover. They explain…
Is your house looking a bit tired and shabby? Want to make your narky step-aunt jealous? Trying to keep up with the Joneses but don’t have the money to complete an expensive reno?
Now you can give your house a lick of fresh paint for free on Street View with Google SCHMICK (Simple Complete House Makeover Internet Conversion Kit). Forgot to mow the nature strip? Deck it out with some fresh buffalo grass. Front steps falling down? Swap them out for doric columns and a pergola. Graffiti on the front fence? Cover it with so many palm trees people will think they’re on the Vegas strip
Google’s Levity Algorithm
A very funny way to increase your job performance.
I thank Google for making this year’s April Fools’ hilarious, but it somehow seems that Google now has nothing better to do than come up with April Fools’ day pranks…
Toshiba’s Console (ToshibaSphere)
It’s not just a game, it’s a game changer, the Shibasphere. Very hilarious video.
The Shibasphere features unprecedented computing power, a completely controller-free interface, and Logical Aggression Monitoring that deploys positive therapeutics to prevent emotionally devastating rage-quits. Available accessories include the Shibadome, Shibasuit and Shibatote that enhance the sound, motion detection and portability of the console, and also features:
12 core 3.5 Ghz Processors
8192 MB GDDR5 RAM Graphics Card
809.3b Infrared Motion Detection
1080p Full HD
7.1 Channel Surround Sound
5 Stereo Mini Jacks
8 HDMI Ports
Does the world need a ten thousand dollar robotic ball? Absolutely…
Bing’s Sad Attempt at an April Fools Prank
IT seems that Microsoft wanted to get in on all the April fools’ day fun, so the people at Bing, with their lack of imagination came up with this.
Every day on the Bing homepage, we strive to bring you a picture of the world that you’ve never seen before. Just a single image a day, but always something memorable and beautiful. But for all the variety we’ve explored through the thousands of images we’ve showcased on our homepage since 2009, there are still internet searchers for whom full motion videos of South Pacific beaches, images of exploding geysers or 3-D underwater scenes are just too engaging. Indeed we’ve been told many people come to Bing to find the name of the movie with tom cruise and a unicorn only to get lost for days clicking around the homepage image.
So we ran some numbers on this unique online behavior, did some ethnographic research to study habits and tastes; and then took a shot at redesigning Bing’s homepage to discourage this behavior of exploration and discovery. So today we’re running a special test, where if you visit bing.com and enter a certain telltale query, you’ll get something a little more bland. We decided to go back to basics, to the dawn of the Internet, to reimagine Bing with more of a 1997, dial-up sensibility in mind. We may see some uptick in our numbers based on this test, but the main goal here is just to learn more about how our world would look if we hadn’t evolved.
We probably won’t be going in this direction long-term, but we’re always interested in your thoughts, so please let us know what you think by hitting us @bing and use #bingredo if you’re feeling fancy.
– Michael Kroll, Principal UX Manager, Bing