Think you know what's real & what's a prank?
April Fool's Day has become synonymous with tech geeks in Silicon Valley making up elaborate schemes to announce fake software, devices and apps. Now it's extended across many brands all across the world.
Some are clearly hoaxes made for pure enjoyment like Audi's Autonomous Office Chair released last year, and others are designed to spark creative curiosity, making you think "Is this thing for real?"
Can you tell which of these 'new tech products' are legit, and which are simply April Fools' Day pranks?
Imagine teleporting to another room, building, across the country or to other parts of the world and interacting as if you're physically present. This is the technology of our childhood dreams and straight out of Star Trek. But now, it's a reality.
With this 3D teleportation tech, you can appear virtually somewhere else, with the holographic version of you being reconstructed live in the other space. With both parties taking part in 3D teleporting, it's as if you're standing in the same room together, interacting with each other's hologram.
Pretty cool, right? But is it real?
Speaking of holograms, this sexy sports car just got a little more intriguing, as you can now get the Porsche 911 in a holographic version. It may not be driveable per se, but the 911 appears right before your eyes as if you can reach out and touch it. But be warned, it may be a tad tinier than you remember.
We all know that the BBC has one of the most extensive libraries of TV series and movies, some of which have been widely distributed. But there is a massive collection of gems from their archive that have never had their day in the spotlight.
The British super-broadcaster has revitalized their video sharing format to ensure you have unmatched access to all your favourite shows from the past like Fawlty Towers and Around the World in 80 Days, plus an exclusive backup to new programs in a re-invented format delivered right to your door. You'll never be without the best of BBC.
"Windows could be made from transparent, renewable 'wood', according to Swedish researchers.
A team from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have created what they describe as 'transparent wood', a type of veneer in which a component of the cell walls is chemically stripped.
The wood could be used for privacy windows, letting light in but maintaining a level of semi-transparency. But it may be most useful, as solar panels..."
Virtual reality headsets have stepped up their game and have become even more immersive. With this new device, you step further into the immersion and can re-imagine a new virtual reality.
We've seen it before with huge celebrities like David Beckham who have brought their own fresh and exclusive clothing lines to giant fashion retailer H&M.
Now, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is showing his powerful brand reach and foray into the world of fashion. With Silicon Valley classic styles at the top of his lookbook including the perfect pair of jeans and grey t-shirts, this is sure to be a hit for any startup whizkid and tech lover.
If you didn't get enough April Fools' Day fun yet, check out the new 360-degree immersive YouTube feature, Snoopavision. As Snoop states, "When you add the double G, it becomes a greater."
What April Fools' Day tech fun did you love this year or from year's past? Tell us in the comments section below.
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