April Fools? This fake-looking tech is totally realHeadless cat pillows, pizza robots, junk-protecting underwear -- we thought these gadgets were a joke, but turns out they were the real deal.
Every year on April fools day the tech world braces itself for another round of fake products and stupid P.R. Stunts. Amazon's Alexa for pets, T-Mobile's connected onesie, Hulu's eight second streaming service. But what about the tech ideas so stupid that they kind of actually work. The products and services that we thought were totally fake until they weren't. First off has to be QOOBO. The headless robotic cat cushion designed to bring companionship to the kind odd people. But it's not just wierd and wonderful products from Japan. When Google announced PROJECT LOON in 2013, everyone thought the search company has gone a little batty But it turns out the plan to deliver Internet access with giant floating balloons was no joke. And four years later, it was connecting Puerto Rico off to Hurricane Maria. In fact, Google Love is launching new services Dishes that look fake, after all, Gmail was launched just a few hours before April 1st in 2004. When Amazon first launched it's grocery ordering dash buttons, they looked like a prank, but now you can buy as much toilet paper as you want without having to haul it out of a store like you're preparing for the buttpocalypse. [SOUND] And while Duolingo emoji language of course was fake, it's Klingon tutorials are the real deal. And then there are the products that probably just shouldn't be. Pizza Hut has its pizza ordering shoes. Tostitos has its breathalyzer bag and Domino's had the pizza-delivery robot. That poor, sad pizza-delivery robot. What about the iPhone-connected nose hair trimmer? Or Spartan's Silver-Lined underwear, because nothing protects your masculinity from cell phone radiation and fourth wave feminism like a Faraday cage around your junk. But our absolute favorite, Elon Musk's boring company flamethrower. Definitely real, definitely flame throwing, and definitely a way to mess up your curtains. I'm Claire Riley and for more ridiculously real gadgets, come to CNET.com