9 of the Best Fake Gadgets of 2017

From ride-hailing wearables to invisible glasses and weather control, we look at the best prank products companies have announced so far this year.

It's the one time of the year that fake news can be a good thing. April Fool's fell on a weekend this year, so companies had to get their joke news releases out a bit early. We waited to see what everyone would come up with and found the best of the bunch. While some are completely outlandish there are a few just plausible enough that we could see companies and consumers actually going for it.

Here are this year's best fake gadgets. Let us know your favorites in the comments!

 

1. Lyft Mono – the Ride-Hailing Wearable

Remember the good ol' days when you could hitch a ride just by sticking out your thumb? Popular ride-sharing company, Lyft, wants to make hailing a rideshare (both manned and autonomous) just that easy again with the Mono. The Mono is a hand-worn device that straps around your wrist and thumb and uses accelerometers and gyroscope sensors to track whenever you make the signature hitchhiker's thumb gesture. From there the device will automatically call the nearest available Lyft ride to your location.

It also comes in Lyft's signature magenta coloring.

 

2. Honda Car Horn Emojis

Sometimes a simple horn honk isn't enough to really communicate how you feel while driving. That's why Honda is proposing an innovative new vehicle-to-vehicle communication system based on the most tried and true method of communicating emotion digitally – the emoji.

Honda's new emoji-enabled horn features a variety of different emoji buttons (happy, sad, angry, ect.) and will produce a distinctive honk based on which emoji you select. Honda says the new honks were created with data compiled by social scientists and audiologists to create sounds that best epxress human emotions. “Research showed that anger is the number one reason the driver uses a standard horn. Honda's goal was to take horn expression to the next level by expanding the emotional spectrum into other audio-based gestures such as happiness, love and empathy,” a statement from the company said.

The Honda Emoji Horn will be standard in the 2018 Honda Odyssey Minivan. There was no word on plans to add a honk for the poop emoji.

 

 

3. The T-Mobile ONEsie, Full-Body Fitness Tracker.

T-Mobile is redefining what “total coverage” really means with the ONESie, a wearable for your entire body. Powered by the T-Mobile network, this “fitness tracker on steroids” is capable of monitoring your vital signs, sleeping, waking, breathing, movement, body position, respiration, odor, and bladder level among other metrics.

The ONEsie utilizes T-Mobiles new proprietary 4G LTE nano-fiber technology, wherein nano-fibers capable of 4G connectivity are woven into the fabric. Because of this the ONEsie also acts as a wearable hotspot that delivers full-bars coverage on the T-Mobile network for the wearer and anyone nearby.

"T-Mobile ONEsie is a quantum leap forward for wearables, for wireless networks and for fashion," said John Legere, president, CEO and lead fashion designer at T-Mobile. "What I'm most excited about is combining my drive to disrupt the wireless industry AND my passion for magenta fashion ...”

4. TruSkin Invisible Glasses

Comments

How could you have overlooked Quilted Northern's Rustic Weave Artisanal toilet paper? It's obviously a much more socially aware fake product than coffee-flavored creamer.

Quite an interesting collection of fake products indeed. But I have not seen any prior announcements about any of them. But certainly this is a tribute to some individual's creativity.

I challenge the assertion about a horn being used to express anger. The purpose and correct use of a horn is to alert others to a danger situation, such as movement into a blind spot where a vehicle is present, or wandering from a lane into an adjacent lane with a car in it. The horn is also for alerting a distracted pedestrian that they are stepping into traffic.

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