Japan April Fools: Squid e-readers, flipping Google glasses

Fancy reading a manga like 'Attack on Titan' on a squid?

(Credit: Kodansha)

So your e-reader has e-ink? How about squid ink?

Leading Japanese publisher Kodansha has a tentacled offering for fans of its many manga comic books: the Interactive Kodansha Archives (iKA) e-book reader.

Billed as the first “living” e-book reader in the world, iKA is a silly April Fools’ prank that has a lot to do with puns on “ika” (squid) in Japanese. It’s said to have 3.5 “ikabytes” of memory, for instance, that can be used to read titles from Kodansha’s back catalog.

Japanese aren’t really into April Fools’ Day. And with it being cherry blossom season when most are out drinking under the petals, it’s a nice surprise to see that some companies have taken the time to honor this foreign custom.

Some of the jokes are downright groan-worthy, like mobile carrier Au’s zzzPhoneBed, essentially a bed-sized handset for phone addicts. You can sleep on it, jog on it (it scrolls, natch), and of course admire your anime girlfriend on it.

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