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Happy April Fool’s Day

Samsung April Fools PrankThe tech pranks are flying fast and furious. First up, Samsung with the epic Fingers, the wearable smartphone using curved display glass, 4GB RAM, and 16 megapixel camera. Techsnoop’s favorite feature is solar charging by raising your hand to the sun. (“Wave your hands in the air…”). This feature leaves you permanently acting like you’re at a concert.

Style Options

Because Samsung knows there are different needs for smartphone users, they offer the Fingers, Fingers Tough and Fingers Class variants to meet every style need.

HTC Terminator Gluuv

HTC also offers up a wearable version of the smartphone for today’s festivities called the Gluuv. The Gluuv offers the holo-call technology everyone wants integrating with the new One M8 and brings visions of fighting futuristic robots. This massive accessory has an 87.2 megapixel camera that can be activated by a fist bump. Another gesture control is the “thumbs up” feature. When you thumb up a spot you’re in, you give it a “Like” on Facebook.

The Gluuv also utilizes their exciting Boom-Bass sound technology with an actual boom box. Yep, it’s the 80’s again. There are no variants available as HTC states it is still “in beta”. The intro tag line is “Hello day after today. Imagine the power of complete smartphone creative freedom. Now imagine that freedom in the shape of a glove.”

HTC April Fools Prank

Now, if enough consumers like these features and the concept of wearable smartphones, the joke may be on HTC and Samsung. The race will be on to make this product work in the real world. Would you want a wearable phone that responds to your hand movements? Let Techsnoop know in the comments.

Credit: Popular Science

Credit: Popular Science

Happy Geek Week.  Techsnoop is a certified, second-generation geek who loves tech and gadgets.  So we’ll be translating here for non-geeks some of the great stuff happening during Geek Week.

Barbie Grows Up

First up, Barbie.  Barbie is the world’s hardest working woman.  She is the face of the women’s movement.  Barbie is a great role model for young girls.  She has her own beach house, SUV, sports car, has tried several professional careers and refused to marry her beach-bum boyfriend, Ken.

Now Barbie is going to space to explore Mars complete with pink accessories and a ray-gun.  How cool is that?  Techsnoop is going to have to get one of these for the office desk.  Inspiration, here I come.

Geek Cliff Notes

If your Geek factor needs a bump up or refresher course, check out the following from Mashable.com;
Talking robot goes to space (maybe with Barbie?)
Free education from top sites
Top 10 tech
Apply for jobs from your smartphone
Affordable holographic displays
Why you should be afraid of artificial intelligence

You Tube Entertainment

If you are putzing around with no idea what Geek Week is about, check out the official YouTube channel of videos.  Get started with the video below from Matt Mira.

And let us know if you’ve joined the ranks of the Geeks.

Atlas Robot

(Credit: CNET/DARPA/Boston Dynamics)

For those of you who follow #SmuttyCat, you know his views on robots.  What with Skynet-like tech coming out every day, we need to be prepared to defend humanity.

Now, CNET informs us that Terminator-like robots are a reality, not fiction anymore.  The new Atlas has human based look and abilities, articulated fingers and… opposable thumbs!  Now that’s scary.

Atlas is designed for repair, search and rescue and disaster clean up and recovery operations.  It can lift and carry, climb, use tools and work in areas hazardous to humans.  Atlas can even boogie, but the rhythym needs work.

Review the video and let us know what you think in the comments.  Is Atlas friend, foe or potential exterminator of humanity?