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April Fools’ Day 2017 VR Edition

Some of the better VR and AR jokes in 2017.

It’s that time of the year again. April Fools’ Day is upon us and so come with it the annual offering of jokes from tech companies and brands. It should come as no surprise that VR headsets usually end up being a favorite subject matter when it cooking up tricks. And for the most part, they are welcome “fake news” to most.

So lets take a look at what impractical or just totally awesome April Fools’ Day VR was dreamed up this year.

Haptic Helpers

Google is probably the most prominent April Fools’ Day pranksters out there. So it should come as no surprise that they would have a couple VR-related jokes up their sleeve.

Haptic Helpers is here to address one of those long time features missing from VR to take immersion to the next level. Thanks to some helpful Google workers, you’ll now get an experience that includes smell, taste, and even touch.

Chromebook Cardboard

It looks like the Cardboard team got together with the Chromebook team and had a baby. The new immersive VR accessory, Cardboard for Chromebooks, is an affordable and just as mobile “gateway to larger-than-life experiences wherever you go.”

MonoLens

This may just be the VR/AR/MR device that hipsters have been waiting for. VR production studio, REWIND, has moved into hardware design with the introduction of their new MonoLens. The stripped-back, single optic augmented reality device can bring the virtual world to life, while still staying in fashion.

BoneVR

And like we see every year during April Fools’ Day, dogs in VR is always a community favorite. BoneVR is a customized hardware solution with pooch-optimized VR experiences. Now your pup can enjoy a stroll around the park from the comfort of your living room couch, or just surround them in puppy treat heaven for one immersive trip they’ll never forget.

Sensory Immersion Generator

ThinkGeek brought this VR sensory immersion generator to us earlier in the week, letting you take experiences to the next level. Providing a multi-sensory accompaniment to your VR headset, it comes with headphones that cue your friend when you’re about to encounter a new experience that can be enhanced by the Sensory Immersion Generator. Just by pulling a trigger, suddenly your senses of touch, smell, and taste are integrated into the game. It’s virtual reality, enhanced.

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Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout.

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