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Best technology April Fools' jokes 2014

Chris Martin | April 2, 2014
This year has been a good one for tech April Fools' jokes so we've rounded up the best ones into one place.

Best technology April Fools': Pokmon on Google Maps

This is a half April Fools' joke because Google has actually added Pokmon to Google Maps and if you download the latest version for Android or iPhone you can actually scan the map and catch 150 of the cute little critters. The joke element is the augmented reality feature shown in the promo video and, we assume, the job at Google starting in September for Pokmon Master - I'm going to apply just in case.

Best technology April Fools': Samsung Fly-Fy

Samsung has come up with a genius idea which makes used of all those annoying pigeons while improving internet access in public spaces. It's called Fly-Fy and sees micro-router packs attached to London pigeons. Samsung says the 'lightweight, water-resistant and do not impede the pigeon's normal flying action'.Tests show that where more than 50 birds are gathered, signal strength is better than 4G.

Tim Verhoeven, Project Director, Samsung Innovation Labs explained: "This is about thinking laterally - using one nuisance, pigeons, to fix another, a lack of Wi-Fi. It is a breakthrough of sorts but of course pigeons have always been at the forefront of mobile communications technology. From the sixth century BC, pigeons have been used as the fastest and most reliable way to send messages over great distances. As you're never far from a pigeon in London, we think this idea could really take off."

Best technology April Fools': Wireless enabled beer

Shepherd Neame has decided to give its popular Spitfire ale a digital advantage over rivals. Special editions will be popping up in shops with wireless hotspot enables bottle caps. The brewer is calling it 'Wirefire'.

Best technology April Fools': Electricity generating flowers

Thompson & Morgan's horticultural innovators have developed a brand new strain of sunflower which generates its own electricity from the central stem. The 'PowerFlower' can charge smartphones, tablets and other devices via its waterproof USB port. 'SunCharge' plants are supplied 12 inches high, and in bud.

Alternatively, sustomers can buy a 'SunLight' model where the main flower head has a light bulb socket pre-installed, meaning the plant can be used for lighting in the home. New Product Development Manager, Michael Perry said "The PowerFlower is capable of producing unlimited electricity over an 8 week period."

 

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