Laughter is the best medicine. No, it’s true. This quote of unknown origin has been proven by science, with researchers at the University of Oxford discovering that when you laugh your body releases chemicals that act as a natural painkiller.
So cheer up, turn that frown upside down, and stop being such a miserablist misanthrope. I’m here to help, with the best April Fools’ Day pranks you may have missed in 2014. They’re funny, so you had better laugh. Laugh, Goddamit!
Google’s Magic Hand
Do you love your smartphone or tablet but hate getting cramp in your fingers from tapping the touchscreen all day, every day? Then you need the Magic Hand from Google Japan.
The Roku Watch
Both smartwatches and streaming media devices are rapidly expanding technology trends. With that in mind, Roku chose April 1 to unveil the Roku Watch, combining the two technologies in one glorious whole.
SwiftKey Flow Hard
SwiftKey has already helped smartphone users text more efficiently, but there’s no reason why users of physical keyboards should be left behind. Which is where SwiftKey Flow Hard proves its worth.
BookBook For iMac
Meet BookBook for iMac: Everything you love about BookBook, just for your 27-inch iMac. pic.twitter.com/YzHFX3CKL1
— twelve south (@twelvesouth) April 1, 2014
People sure do love wrapping their mobile iDevices in covers and cases, especially if they’re creative solutions like BookBook. But what about iMac users, who must feel a little left out? They need not worry, as BookBook for iMac arrived on April 1.
Honda: Fit Kit Flatpack Car
It takes thousands of individual parts to build a car, along with precision engineering and fine workmanship. Which is why no car manufacturer has ever offered a flatpack option. Until now. Introducing the Honda Fit Kit beta!
Pebble: Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Smartwatch
— Pebble Developers (@PebbleDev) April 1, 2014
Mainstream consumers are taking some convincing that they need to buy a smartwatch. Perhaps Pebble has solved that quandary, with a range of scratch ‘n’ Sniff smartwatches which reek of fruity flavors. Or perhaps not.
Coffee Meets Bagel Glass App
Coffee Meets Bagel, a dating app which matches single people via mutual friends, has found the real reason we all need Google Glass. No one needs to make a snap judgement on someone they fancy when they have a Glass app that does it for them.
TripAdvisor: Unforgettable Destinations
We have surely all watched a movie and wished we could travel to the imaginary locations being shown on the big screen. And now we can do just that, with TripAdvisor detailing some unforgettable destinations we should be visiting.
We’re big fans of Reddit here at MakeUseOf, but even we get bored with navigating the site using our fingers. Thankfully, Reddit has us covered, with Headdit providing a Hand Equivalent Action Detection system for n00bs and l33ts alike.
New Nokia 3310 Smartphone
The Nokia 3310 is a much beloved mobile phone of yesteryear for which anyone over a certain age will have an innate fondness. And it’s coming back as a 41-megapixel Windows Phone handset. Except it isn’t, sadly.
Lyft: One-Star Driver
For Lyft to work it needs the people who sign up to drive people around to be 5-star drivers. Unfortunately, not all of them are; especially Brian, who was instructed to act like afor April Fools’ Day. Oh, Brian.
The Domino’s Edibox
— Domino’s Pizza UK (@Dominos_UK) April 1, 2014
Pizza may just be the food of the gods. It’s versatile, delicious, and easy to eat. There is just one thing wrong with it: the box it’s delivered in isn’t edible. Or at least it wasn’t until Domino’s UK invented the Edibox.
Digital media is so dull. What we need are physical copies of the content we buy digitally. EA has us covered, with a new initiative offered through its digital distribution platform… Origin Boxed. “The future of digital is plastic.” Indeed.
CrowdTilt: Silicon Island
You can crowdfund almost anything these days. Even an offshore “utopia for tech startups.” Silicon Island could be the new Silicon Valley. If it was real, of course. Still, it’s 84 percent funded, with cold, hard, mythical cash.
Sony Power Food
Despite their ability to ruin your life, smartphones are a wonderful invention. The problem is how much battery power they consume. Companies such as Apple have been closed-minded when trying to solve this problem, but Sony has delivered with its Power Food innovation.
Tesla Motors’ Pet Driving Cars
The future of personal transportation isn’t self-driving cars as Google would have you believe. It is, instead, pet driving cars. Cats and dogs both failed the test, but Tesla Motors found a suitable candidate in goldfish.
Microsoft: Clippy Returns
— Josh Hudson (@JoshuaHudson) April 1, 2014
Clippy, the annoying default assistant who popped up to help users of Microsoft Office, was killed off in 2001. However, he made a brief return for one day only: April 1. Oh Clippy, how we didn’t miss you at all. Ever. Now please kindly go away again.
Kodak Picture Kiosk Drone
Thanks to Kodak’s new innovation you no longer have to go searching for a Picture Kiosk in order to print out your digital photos. Instead, one will come to you via a big yellow drone. Between these and the Amazon delivery drones the skies will soon be full to bursting.
YouTube Future Trends
If you thought all those viral videos and trending memes took off organically then you’ve been mistaken for many, many years. YouTube is responsible for them all, as this video proves. I just hope one of these actually takes off in the future.
MakeUseOf: Fake News Digest
Last but not least we have to mention our own April Fools’ Day prank here at MakeUseOf. Tech News Digest is a column breaking the biggest tech news down into digestible form every weekday. But on April 1, 2014, the stories were all bunkum.
April Fools’ Day isn’t to everyone’s tastes. I understand, having rejected this invented celebration of pranks and tomfoolery for many years. But I am now a dedicated convert, having been persuaded by some of the jokes played by the Internet on the Internet.
Here’s to the next April 1. Let’s laugh and, as a possible consequence, live a little longer than we may otherwise have done.
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