In the jokiest, April Fools-y way possible, Twitter has fired some shots at immersive, wearable technology like Google Glass and even Oculus VR, which was recently acquired by “rival” Facebook. Oh no they di’int.
Everyone has an April Fools’ joke to tell today. Google has a couple (per usual), Netflix has a video of a roasting chicken–it’s chaos, I tell you. Twitter’s April Fools’ joke was to announce a new product called the “Twitter Helmet,” which they describe as a “sophisticated, fully immersive, staggeringly high-resolution wearable device that allows our users to interact with the world around them entirely via a custom aviary interface.”
Express yourself – with no hunting and pecking. https://t.co/GadIdK7nnV
— Twitter (@twitter) April 1, 2014
All users have to do to tweet while wearing Twitter Helmet is to make a “pecking” motion.
More from Twitter:
The product will be available for purchase mid-September 2014 for $139.99 retail. In addition to the helmet, users can also purchase Twitter Helmet HD™ accessories including a hand-tooled leather case inspired by falconry hoods, feather-shaped Wi-Fi and cellular signal boosters, and a carbon fiber chinstrap with optional wattle-form factor microphone.
$139.99? What a steal!
You don’t have to read too far between the lines here to see that Twitter is poking fun at Google Glass. The joke is also a not-so-subtle jab at Facebook’s recent purchase of Oculus VR, whose flagship product is the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
Good Morning America got in on the fun earlier today:
Image via Good Morning America, Video Screenshot