It happens every year on this day for some reason. Major companies patiently wait until April 1 to roll around before announcing some of their most unusual tech developments.
And April Fool’s Day in 2017 is no exception.
There are some amusing announcements from Ford, Travelodge, Virgin Mobile and Deliveroo.
FORD: ACTIVE THANKS ASSIST
As part of Ford’s future technologies, a new feature has been uncovered – Active Thanks Assist.
Australian Ford engineers have come up with a way to improve the relationship between all road users with an automatic thank you wave.
It’s common courtesy on the road to offer a wave of thanks when someone lets you in to their lane.
Now the Active Thanks Assist will display a wave on your back window that the other drivers can’t miss.
TRAVELODGE: WAKIN’ WITH BACON
Guests at Travelodge hotels will now have a new way to wake up – and it won’t be to the sound of an alarm.
It will be to the smell of bacon.
Yes, that’s right. Travelodge has partnered with Sensorwake which has created an alarm clock that will release the smell of bacon to rouse you from sleep.
The scent wafts over the guests from beside the bed and within two minutes you’re wide awake to the smell of delicious sizzling bacon.
VIRGIN MOBILE: PHO YO CAN SAVE YOUR PHONE
There’s been plenty of people who have lost their phone in the toilet or dropped their device on a hard surface and shattered the screen.
Virgin Mobile has come up with the solution – the Pho Yo – a case that adds yo-yo functionality so if the smartphone takes a tumble it can return unharmed to your hand with the yo-yo string.
With the Pho Yo – you can forget about soaking your drenched phone in rice or getting your smashed screen repaired.
DELIVEROO: SKYDIVING FOOD DELIVERY
Deliveroo has taken to the skies to improve the speed of its food delivery service.
The company demonstrated the skydive delivery in partnership with Huxtaburger from the burgers being made all the way to delivery to the hungry customers on a remote Australian beach.
Up, up and away!
And just in case you haven’t already worked it out.
It’s April Fool’s Day.