Tech Companies Fail and Thrive on April Fool’s Day

April Fool’s Day stands out as one of the only days when you really can’t trust anything¬†you read on the internet. Google has nurtured a historic love for April Fool’s Day, as do other major tech moguls like Thinkgeek and Sony. So what are the major pranks of AFD 2016 and how were they received? Let’s go over some of the major ones:

snoopavisioGoogle took its Google Cardboard idea (which actually does sound like a joke itself, now that I think about it) and took it another step into the realm of the absurd with Google Cardboard Plastic. The concept is pitched on Google’s official blog like so:

“As good as VR is, it’s never been quite as real as, well… real life.”

Google also made it possible for users to search photos using only emojis.

However, the much more highly publicized prank stemming from Google this year was not particularly well-received. Google’s introduction of Mic Drop, which includes a GIF of a minion from the movie Minions dropping the mic any time an email is sent via Gmail. Unfortunately for some corporate professionals, this was easy to do on accident and started a lot of awkward tension at work.

“Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year,” reads a statement from Google in response to the widely negative reaction to the Mic Drop feature. “Due to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry.”

Thinkgeek came out of April Fool’s Day with a more solid score. The online retailer introduced a whole slew of absurd and hilarious products, including the Vertical Landing Mentos & Diet Coke Rocket. According to Thinkgeek, the rocket travels 30 feet in the air, involves a fairly easy setup, and comes equipped with a soda bottle main thrust rocket, three smaller stability rockets, aquarium tubing, and two packs of peppermint Mentos. Diet Coke, unfortunately, is sold separately.

Then there’s Thinkgeek’s Star Trek White Noise Sleep Machine, which lulls buyers to sleep with the soothing sounds of the USS Enterprise or the DS9 Operations Center. The device even projects a moving starfield on your ceiling and includes an LCARS touch screen display and “red alert” alarm system. This one should actually be real, in my opinion.

lawn ornamentThinkgeek offered one final product to its April Fool’s Day line; an Attack on Titan Colossal Titan Lawn Ornament, which allegedly stands 25-feet tall and is made to hook onto your roof.

Sony had an admirable showing today and claimed to develop its own Proton Pack, ideal for catching ghosts. ¬†The device has an embedded 4K projector, super slow motion capture capability and, according to the tech giant, it’s even slime proof.

In addition to this tomfoolery, Groupon offered users a way to find people to read to their cats, Youtube offered a way to watch 360-videos and seem like you’re hanging out with Snoop Dogg (called “Snoopavision”, and Netflix defined all of its categories in terms of John Stamos (ex/”Reality TV Jogn Stamos Watches but Denies It If You Ask Him”).

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