April Fool’s! Seriously, how could we pass up this silly tradition? Here’s your damn roundup.
The most foolish thing about April Fool’s Day this year is that it falls on a Saturday, and because of that, some public relations folks scrambled to make their product and brand gags live online before the non-holiday even rolled around. Guess they didn’t want to wake up early this morning.
Well, the news never sleeps, and we work hard every day around here. Can’t take a day off when there is important misinformation to spread.
Just fooling again! We wrote this yesterday!
OK, let’s just get on with it — here’s a sampling of what we saw in the name of springtime shenanigans.
Humans aren’t the only ones who want to talk to Amazon’s voice-activated Alexa. In a new video showcasing the Petlexa, Amazon reveals how an Echo Dot can be more than just man’s best friend. It can be the dog’s, too. And the cat’s, and the hamster’s. The animals are able to communicate with the AI and place orders and even activate smart-home-enabled toys.
In an email blast for Petlexa, Amazon even suggests music by The Animals or the audiobook “Marley and Me” as ways to get your furry friend to warm up to AI.
T-Mobile says it’s “time to redefine the definition of unlimited coverage,” and because the wireless carrier’s CEO John Legere has proven that one can never be covered in too much magenta, the ONEsie outperforms the “utter crap” that came before it.
“Combining patent-pending mobile technology with cutting-edge fashion design, T-Mobile ONEsie is the most complete fitness tracker ever created, monitoring your vital signs, bladder level, mood and more,” the Bellevue, Wash.-based company said.
Legere also stars in a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the ONEsie.
“I’m the genius visionary behind the T-Mobile ONEsie,” Legere says in the video. “This is unlike anything we’ve done before. F*ck, it’s unlike anything anyone has seen before.”
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Speaking of wearable devices in a shade of pink, Lyft’s Mono is billed as a world first when it comes to ride-hailing. Forget about launchign an app on your smartphone. Just raise a hand outfitted with the lightweight device and built-in sensors will track your movement and summon a driver. “Just raise, request, and ride,” the company says.
PigMeUp piggyback rides
CEO Paul Burke was intoxicated and tired and trying to make his way to a Seattle Seahawks game when he really needed a piggyback ride to get the rest of the way. In that moment, he conceived an on-demand service for hopping on someone’s back — PigMeUp — and set his sights on outsmarting competitors such as walking, biking and crawling.
Promising better service at a lower cost than typical transportation industry offerings, Burke foresees big things for his Seattle startup and app.
“Not just anybody can give a piggyback ride,” Burke says. “There are certain mechanics that lend itself to a better riding experience than others. We teach our specialists the fundamentals.”
Trulia’s pet listings
Forget the nearby transit options, restaurants, bars, schools and anything else that makes humans want to buy or rent a piece of property they view from online real estate outfit. Trulia knows who calls the shots. With a new listings feature geared toward pets, cats and dogs can finally have a say in where they’re gonna call home.
Big trees, bird watching, fire hydrants and nearby pet stores are just some of the keys to making sure your four-legged roomies are satisfied.
Redbox teeny-tiny house
Ever looked at a Redbox video rental kiosk and thought, “I could live in there”? Yeah, neither did we. But there is definitely a very popular tiny house movement going on today, and Redbox is letting itself in.
With an 18-square-foot floor plan, room for up to 1,000 discs and perhaps one human, a Redbox teeny-tiny house is practically an entertainment mecca. No more dirty dishes or indoor plumbing — there’s nowhere to put them!
If you’ve ever felt like a particular vehicle spoke to you, well, you were ahead of the times. Now, with DriverFinder from the car-shopping site CarGurus, cars get a say in the matter who gets to drive them. Cars looking for a pet-free owner with a heated garage can chat up prospective owners to make sure they find the right fit. Select any car and click on the “chat with car” button to initiate the interaction, and expect such questions as “Do you regularly vacuum your car?”
Of course, that’s just a sampling of the foolishness that’s out there. Post your own favorites in the comments below, or tweet them to us @geekwire. Seriously.