Check the calendar before you read any overly exciting news stories today, it's April Fools' Day and as such everyone pushing pranks - especially on the internet.

In the past we've been treated to some real corkers, such as the Playmobil Apple Store, 8-bit Google Maps and Pocket-lint's own self-repairing smartphone glass, so companies will have to go some to live up to previous efforts.

In fact, some of the previous efforts have been so good they were eventually made into real products. How many this year will achieve that honour?

We've separated the silly from the sane so you can avoid re-tweeting something ridiculous while having a good laugh at some of the best attempts so far. And come on, be honest, how many of them did you fall for?

Sit back, get your giggle hat on as here are the best April Fools' Day 2015 jokes from around the web. And as we'll be updating the feature throughout the day, you should check back often.


Yep, the hands-on we created here at Pocket-lint in partnership with Microsoft was, as some guessed correctly, our April Fools Day joke for 2015. Others were actually fooled though, it must be said (just have a look in our comments below the original story), but we can see why because the best gags are the ones based on a little bit of fact.

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Palm vein reader technology does exist and we have seen it in action in the past. That requires specialist gadgetry however, not simply any tablet or monitor touchscreen. Many thanks must go to for putting this together for us.


According to Sealy, bed manufacturer and creator of the Neuro-Coder, the time to record our dreams is finally upon on – on 1 April.

The Neuro-Coder is, obviously, the world's first bio-sensing headband that connects to a phone and records dreams. In the morning the owner can scroll through the dreams just like going through a gallery. Posting to Facebook or Twitter is also an option, because we don't apparently expose enough of ourselves already on social media.

Here's hoping a locked phone keeps those dreams secure or anyone could see your deepest, darkest thoughts.

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Narrative is a wearable camera that automatically takes photos intelligently when it detects a face or scene. Now the company has announced new filter options, some of which take the posing out of posing.

Filters include duck face and eye opener for those posers that want to out-pose those other poser wannabes. Then there's the cat lover's filter of choice, meow mode, which drops a bunch of cats in the foreground of a shot. Ideal.

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Domino's Pizza announced that 1 April is the day it will roll out its driverless delivery vehicle.

Domi-No-Driver will use an onboard PI (Pizza Interface) to calculate the most efficient route to the person who ordered the pizza. Then the H.U.N.G.A.R (Hunger Detection and Ranging) system will detect obstacles as and flash up polite statements like "What am I like?" on an LED screen.

The vehicles, Domino's says, will be able to carry 400 per cent more pizza thanks to 100 per cent less driver.

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Apparently, we've been told that Three's Selfie Tour Bus, which is shepherding British tourists around Barcelona today is a real thing to promote the network's Spanish launch. Three customers can now use their minutes, texts and data plans in Spain and New Zealand, as well as the other 16 locations around the world as part of the company's Feel at Home incentive.

But while it's not technically an April Fools' Day prank, its timing and the very idea qualifies in our book.


British online gadget retailer Firebox always comes up with some cracking April Fools' Day gags and this year is no exception. There are a few but the Kim Kardashian Jelly Mould is definitely up there with the best.

Based on THAT photo - the one that broke the 'net - the mould would be best used with some form of peach desert rather than jelly. Firebox even suggests you "grease the tin" to give it a familiar sheen.

Champagne bottle and glass not included.

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Following up on its Kim Kardashian Jelly Mould, Firebox has come up with an energy drink that can unlock your inner egotistical beast and amp up your arrogance. It's called Yeezus Juice, and it's inspired by Yeezus himself. Drink it to get a confidence boost or a narcissistic buzz. It'll raise your self-esteem and maybe even ignite a controversy or two.

Word on the street is that it makes you a God too. Or was that a genius? Either way, take a sip and you'll become your own biggest fan.


Another of Firebox's comes in the guise of underwear for those who don't want to carry around their contactless payment cards or an Oyster. The Smart ePants have a waterproof NFC microchip inside that stores your credit, debit and other contactless card details.

That way you only have to bump your bottom against a reader. Or grind against it like a naughty dog if you've accidentally put them on the wrong way round. And just imagine what will happen when paying in a restaurant on one of those mobile payment readers.

The Smart ePants are available for men and women. Although they're not really.

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The last of the Firebox ones for now is definitely in the "eeeeewwwwww" camp. The Inner Selfie Stick is the "perfect tool for the more intimate selfie" and is likely to give people nightmares.

It's essentially a waterproof camera extension for a smartphone that you can literally stick where the Sun don't shine. It's also compatible with Apple's FaceTime, claims Firebox, which we must admit really raised a chuckle.

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Gene Gadget has come up with a bunch of April Fool's hoaxes, starting off with the Brain Eraser. Have you ever embarrassed yourself or been rejected by someone you love or experienced something completely horrible? The Brain Eraser, which comes from "Unstantanople University", will take care of everything, as it is designed to delete certain memories from your brain permanently and safely.

Simply attach the £49.95 biological optic pads to your temples, then run the software scanner to organise your memories, and choose to delete a memory or store it away safely. You can always reinstall the memory at a future date. If only, right?

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Genie Gadgets has come up with an app for April Fool's Day that's meant to capture and deliver smells. The concept works like this: Download the Send-A-Smell app (for £29.95), then attach the Windometer smell receiver to any smartphone via the included adapters, and Greentooth technology will convert any smell in close proximity and send it over the same frequency that your voice uses.

The idea is you can use the app to send the smell of roses to a loved one or the smell of coffee to yourself when your alarm goes off in the morning. The receiver of the smell would apparently need no additional device on their phone. What smell would you send?

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And finally, Genie Gadgets just took something you always wanted as a kid and turned it into an April Fool's gag of your dreams: Hoverboots. they are powered by two Nano-Flufter jet propulsion systems, which are chargeable via any USB port, allowing the boots to lift you up a whopping 25,000 feet at speeds of up to 400MPH. They even come with two Marshmalom hand stabilisers to ensure you don’t lose balance.

The boots are also custom fitted. A "robotic android measuring man" will arrive at your door within 30 minutes of your order being placed to measure your feet. Um, we'll pass on that, but we'll definitely take the boots! Oh, but first we need £9,995 to pay for them. Ouch. It looks like only the rich will get a first-class ticket to space. How very Richard Branson.

Coffee shop chain Costa is pretending to trial a new service from April that'll let customers have a 15-minute power nap. It's imported Japanese-inspired Ostrich pillows that can turn tables into relaxation zones. Customers basically place their coffee order, then let Costa staff know what time to wake them using table clocks, and finally, they take in the pillow. A barista will later wake them with their favourite Costa drink.

Costa has predicted the combination of a short nap and a coffee will sustain your energy levels for at least three hours.

Barclaycard is jumping on the April Fool's Day bandwagon with Barclaycard Anything. It's a new service that turns everyday objects into contactless ways to pay. It so far includes tap-and-pay gloves, which eliminates the need for you to rummage through a purse, as well as a payment saddle, which let parents pay for their child’s donkey ride with just the tap of a card.

Barclaycard will also set up contactless activation kiosks across the UK that will allow the public to embed contactless chips into any of their personal belongings. Your kids can make their teddy bears into credit cards, for instance, or you can turn your favourite pair of pants into a way to pay for goods at registers. The payment chips can be registered to any credit or debit card.


ThinkGeek has a whole slate of April Fool’s Day fake products, such as this Game of Thrones-themed version of Clue. It’s replaced all the standard pieces with 48 new suspects and 48 new weapons as well as a larger 2 x 4ft game, meaning this version has 69,120 possible suspect/location/weapon combinations. What's the betting we'll see it, or something similar, being sold for real one day?


Continuing this trend of taking entertainment and turning it into April Fool’s Day bogus merchandise, ThinkGeek has used the Power Wheels brand to come up with Mad Max-inspired vehicles for your children. They’re called Power Wheels Desert Drifters. These cars can go up to 7.5 miles per hour and are outfitted with spikes, spears, and foam-dart automatic weapons. And of course they’re capable of surviving a dusty dystopian world.


ThinkGeek made a steam machine for April Fool’s. Kinda. This is a gaming cabinet that’s literally steam powered. It uses a “patent-pending” miniature boiler mechanism and a stationary steam engine to produce enough electricity to play all your games.


Cat ladies/gentlemen will love this… The legend of Voltron, Defender of the Universe, is now a mighty cat condo. Well, in the minds of ThinkGeek anyway. It is offering up a cat tree like you’ve never seen before; it’ll house your fluffy critters with its cozy, fleece-covered quarters and solid wood platforms, all while maintaining peace throughout the galaxy.


This one reminds us of HTC’s gag from last year: it’s a Dungeons and Dragon Encounter wearable from ThinkGeek that can track your movements with a tri-axis accelerometer, gyroscope and GPS, and digital compass. It even has an optical heart-rate monitor.

So, if you ever find yourself walking through the wilderness to the legendary Keep on the Borderlands, you’ll know your fitness level is being monitored all the while.


ThinkGeek is catering to the Kim K in all of us with this torso-mounted rig that allows you to take 360-degree selfies. You just need to supply your own cameras, but you can be sure that every angle of you will be fully documented and Instagram-worthy.


Not finished with the movie/TV-inspired April Fool's goodies, ThinkGeek has come up with something for those of you who love Guardians of the Galaxy. This device is actually a limited-run beverage set comprised of a non-caffeinated root beer with a shot of caffeine on the side, and it’s all inspired by two of the most fan-loved characters from the sci-fi film.

It's another that could potentially be made for real some time in the future.


However, out of all the April Fools' Day prank products from ThinkGeek this year, this is the one that is likely to be made available for real first. It’s a GoT-themed mount system that allows for one-handed operation of any device up to 4 inches wide. The idea is that it will securely hold your device in place, just like Hodor would, allowing you to drive and keep your hands on the road. There’s also a companion app, which provides GPS capabilities (with street names voiced by Hodor, naturally).


Released in Japan just for April Fools' Day - and actually released we are lead to believe - is a cologne that provides you with the flame-grilled scent of a freshly made Burger King burger. Lovely.

Of course, whenever we've been in Burger King in the UK our burgers have been popped into a microwave before being served, so maybe it's the smell of slightly irradiated meat. Either way, probably still better than covering yourself with "Brut".

BMW's gag this year utilises the help of England Rugby star Chris Robshaw to model and talk about the company's new product line, mouth guards that offer the same level of protection as its cars.

As explained by BMW, the Motor Mount guard is "entirely made up of ethylene-propylen-dien rubber – standard protection in the door seals of all BMW models". The key phrase there is "entirely made up".


Like Firebox's pants, HTC sticks to wearables for its excellent April Fools' Day joke this year. The HTC RE Sok, which has its own website for the day, is a smart sock.

It has a read-out on the ankle that keeps you up to date with notifications and features GPS so both socks can never get lost. Our favourite bit though is that it comes in three colours, midnight, stealth and true black - all of which are identical, of course.


Lingerie brand Ultimo has naturally opted for wearable technology for its prank, with the Mind & Body smart bra being able to hook up to a smartphone. It tweets messages automatically based on how the wearer is feeling, thanks to built-in sensors.

If a date is going particularly well, it will post to Twitter, "This date is red hot! Don't wait Up!" Or if badly, "Please send back up."

It is part of a limited edition range and only available until midday today, of course.


Fancy a pack of fertilised eggs that hatch into beautiful little chicks on Easter Day? That's what Not On The High Street proposed as its April Fools Day gag.

The eggs would arrive at your doorstep 17 days into a 21-day incubation period, ready to crack and reveal the tiny chicks as your Easter morning surprise. They could be personalised in non-toxic ink too.


The soon-to-be released Samsung Galaxy S6 edge has been lauded as one of the best phones available but Samsung believes it can make it even better. Hence the Galaxy BLADE edge, which not only has the smartphone abilities of the S6 range, but doubles as a chef's knife too.

Made of patented ceramic, the Galaxy BLADE edge, with its folding handle, even comes with a finger detection mechanism that will retract the sharp bit before it cuts your skin.

Hailo, the taxi-calling application and service, has added an even quicker way to get around central London than in the back of a black cab: piggyback rides.

A specially trained human piggyback carrier can be called at the tap of the Hailo app, ready to transport passengers to their destinations. It would be an ideal way to see the city in 360 degrees while darting through traffic, that's for sure.

Not only is the Caribbean Edition of Lomography's instant camera suspiciously waterproof, with biodegradable, edible instant film, but it is available from the company's first underwater Gallery store, 3,000 metres below sea level.

Typically from Lomography, the prank is one of the best looking we've seen and you have to admire the effort taken. Especially the genuine underwater photography. Now, what camera did they use for those?

RS Components have taken the classic Henry vacuum cleaner and turned it into a drone you can control around the house with a remote control. The retailer has even posted a tutorial online on how to build your own.

Of course, it won't work. But while you're checking it out you can head to their special April Tools section to get yourself some genuine bargains.


Bathroom retailer Bathstore has always been a big supplier of some of the best April Fools Day fake products, with the stand-up bath being a favourite, and this year it follows with the world's first reverse toilet.

The T-Eliot (toilet backwards, natch) is Wi-Fi enabled and is faced the other way so that users can look at their tablets or eBook readers hands-free, thanks to the built-in technology dock. Why they would need both hands available is not explained.

While we await the official release of PlayStation's virtual reality headset Project Morpheus, the company has devised an alternative wearable device that features complete games immersion. Water immersion too.

The PlayStation Flow has been developed by the team at PlayStation Wearable Entertainment Technology (PWET) and enables users to take part in in-game underwater activities by literally swimming underwater. A PS4 links to the goggles via Bluetooth and LCD screens give you the action. Top banana.

A very clever one this and the attention to detail is great. A farmer loves the Ford Mustang car so much that he has turned his field in Essex into the Mustang logo, made from shrubs.

We particularly love that the YouTube Channel it is posted under is labelled "Essex Today" as in a cheesy local UK news reportage. It could also have been called "The Pony Way is Essex" we reckon.

After England won the Rugby World Cup in 2003, Mastercard saw a significant rise in the number of rugby union fans using the year as their PIN code. The problem has worsened still with this year's tournament imminent, so the finance firm has decided to withdraw the number entirely as it represents a security risk.

Like BMW, Mastercard employed the services of a rugby star to help with its April Fools Day prank - in this case the 2003 winning captain Martin Johnson. "Anyone still using 2003 as their PIN number, it really is time to move on," he said.


Cats, as we know, are disloyal minxes (literally in some cases) and are want to sneak around behind your back, supping on a neighbour's milk as happily as your own.

That's why Here Maps has devised a wearable cat collar for you to track your feline friend's whereabouts online through the map service. You can also train your cat to lick the fish bone symbol on the collar to communicate; one lick means "I'm coming home and hungry", three means "don't wait up, I'm having a late one".

Ever since Amazon announced that it planned to make deliveries by drone the idea has been popular. Hence it's the focus for Carlsberg's April Fools' Day joke, with its own beer delivery drone.

Packs of ice cold beer will be delivered strait to your home within half an hour of order. And it's a nice touch having the local newspaper, the Northampton Chronicle, report on amateur footage of the drone in action being recorded in the area as a scoop.

Google has chosen April Fools' Day to announce a revamp on good old fashioned snailmail. Smartbox is a US-style mail box that notifies its owner when there is physical mail. It'll even organise it, zap spam mailers and offers a display screen for Google connectivity on the go.

Of course none of this is actually real and Google is basically dancing on the grave of mail - which it killed. But it's all in the name of a laugh so why not?

Case design has always been an issue, with new covers needed to suit new outfits. Now Kameleon Kloak is here to change all that with its iPhone 6 case that adapts to whatever its owner is wearing.

Of course this is utter codswallop but we like to use the word codswallop at least once a year so now seems like the right time to cash in.

The fast paced world often leaves us rushing too fast through life. So Google Fiber has announced it's Dial-Up mode which will us the speed of a 56k modem, including grainy sound, to slow you down and let you enjoy life.

While the idea of slowing down the data in the pipes is laughable we like the idea of slowing down to take more time for living life. 


iZettle, creator of the small business chip and pin reader, has blinged up its offering with an 18-karat gold model.

Now spending money should feel more decadent than ever for those using the 18-karat iZettle. Luxury mobile payments, that don't necessarily have to be for luxury items, is set to be a fast growing area. Well, it would, if it was real.


What's the next step in computing that'll make everything even more effortless? Self-browsing Chromebooks of course.

Google's self-browsing Chromebooks start running and surfing the web from the touch of a button, without any input required. From writing emails to sending roses to your loved one, it'll do it all. The company points out: "This new functionality has been tested for weeks, browsing the whole web from classifieds to news, music to cat photos - and now, these Chromebooks are responsible for the majority of ALL CAPS comments on the web."

While this is clearly a joke it's interesting that it pokes fun at its own goals of creating machines that live our lives for us.

FashScan is the app from Olympus which, as the name suggest, scans fashion using the Olympus Pen camera. Retailers can use the app to help offer outfit selections to shopper, or not since it's April Fools' Day.

While this is clearly a joke similar systems have appeared in the past which may, one day, make virtual shopping faster and easier than the real thing.

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