Three prank digital health products from April Fools' Day

By Brian Dolan

Withings Shaft (April Fools' Joke)The MobiHealthNews team received a number of emails about yesterday's -- completely made-up -- April Fools' Edition of the MobiHealthNewsletter. We're glad so many of you enjoyed it. If you didn't get a chance to read it yet, be sure to dig it out of your inbox -- it's a newsletter subscriber exclusive.

And if you do re-visit it, please note there was a small mixup on one of the bylines -- our Associate Editor Jonah Comstock was the actual writer of the "Subtlety’s MyVirtualScribe service takes bad handwriting digital" piece.

Of course, we weren't the only ones to drum up some April Fools' fun yesterday -- a good day for believing nothing you read on the internet. Here were a few of our favorite fake announcements from those working in digital health and beyond -- and yes, these are jokes, not real products:

Withings announced three new products as a part of its "DandySeries" line of connected devices. They include the Withings Shaft, a connected cane; the Withings Peek, a voice-activated monocle; and the Withings Puck, a pocket smart watch. The Google Glass-like Peek offers similar functionality to the search company's two lensed competitor but in the form of a classically-styled, wood-framed monocle. The smart pocketwatch Puck, which offers "timeless tracking", includes a built-in breathalyzer, glucose meter, heart rate sensor, DNA sampler, and more. Finally, Shaft, a smart cane, offers up activity tracking and hidden LED screens. 

Withings Puck (April Fools' Joke) Withings' smart pocketwatch, Puck -- one of its April Fools' joke products

American Well announced Puppy Connect Beta: "Connecting with a puppy is just as easy as speaking with a doctor or nutritionist on American Well," the company wrote. "The only difference is that with PuppyConnect, your visit is with an adorable puppy rather than a clinician. You simply choose the puppy you would like to see, click connect, and the puppy will appear within moments – groomed and ready to go."


FitStar announced InvisiWeights: "We wanted something daring, something different," FitStar CEO and Co-founder Mike Maser said in a joke promotional video for the invisible weights in which the company's employees are shown straining to lift invisible weights at the gym.