Tinder trolls CES 2017 with VR prank

Lindsay Bennett
By Lindsay Bennett | 11 January 2017

Tinder has trolled the attendees of the CES 2017 with the idea it would be creating its very own virtual reality headset.

It managed to pull off the tongue-in-cheek stunt at the global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow, presenting an elaborate headset that looked on trend with the latest VR hype.

The VR headset allowed users to “look into the eyes of another person”, rather than delve them into a virtual world. The concept was launched in a bid by Tinder to “take the V out of VR” and “reconcile the fact that VR is the antithesis of human connection”.

On its blog, Tinder says: “It seems like everyone is launching a VR headset nowadays. As a tech company, we felt inspired to create one of our own. But here’s the thing: our mission has always been to get people together to have real experiences in the real world. So how do we reconcile the fact that VR is the antithesis of this?”

“We created our multi-user VR headset with the Tinder experience in mind. Real people having a real experience, and like the app, it only works with a double opt-in. Although the Tinder VR headset is only on display at our booth at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) . . . the real-life experience of connecting with someone is always available on Tinder.

“Welcome to the future. It’s all about human connection. Give it a try—you might enjoy it.”

While VR isn’t going to be a part of Tinder anytime soon, AdNews expects it will have an important part to play on the dating scene sooner than we’d like.

In other trolling news, the Internet of Shit Twitter account was one of the most popular throughout the CES 2017 tradeshow.

It made fun of the extravagant and sometimes unnecessary tech that premiered at CES, including a smart cup and a Wi-Fi kitty litter box.

Check out the tweets below for all the satirical slander:

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