Prank fooled some geeks
Friday was April Fool's day and there were a lot of wild products out there that were right on the cusp of being realistic enough to fool people. One of my favorites came from Razer. Razer makes all sorts of gaming gear and its prank was the Talon. It looks a lot like one of those small gaming keypads at first glance and it reminds me more than a bit of a hand exerciser too.
The description claims that your average gamer can do 100 actions per minute or APMs and that the pro gamer is good for 300AMPs. According to Razer, the Talon allows geeks to hit 3,000 APMs. The device supposedly learned you movements and actions and allowed the device to move your fingers automatically.
Razer describes the NerveLoad SysOps as, "The Razer Talon will start overloading your nerve endings within 2ms of turning on the Talon NerveLoad SysOps module, enabling you to be 'one' with your game, and giving you a greater awareness and enhanced sense." It sounds sort of like the Halo Spartan suit to me.
I think some folks started to get the hint that the product was fake on closer inspection with little quips like, "Mock physics and laugh at science with our built in throttle control. Your speed is only limited by the physical rupture point of your bones and tissue."
My favorite line in the entire product page is this, "Warning: Extremely effective. Two of our alpha testers were destr... decommissioned after we mixed up the testing units by accident. We'd like to remember and thank them for their services."
Razer also notes in the fine print that you have to use Snake Oil Hyperesponse lubricant to avoid failure and catastrophic fire. You also get warned to not interact with pets or younger siblings since it could result in damage of the recipient of your affection. The pure win warning is this one, "If Razer Talon begins to behave erratically, move on its own, or become self-aware, unplug unit and barricade yourself/loved ones within a safe location and contact Razer Support. An armed team of product specialists will be dispatched to your location to dispose of and RMA your affected unit."