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There's a reason the world has transitioned to HDTVs. It's not that there was anything wrong with the concept of the television, it's just that the old giant boxes that occupied so much space in our homes were entirely the wrong shape for the task at hand. A giant cube with an antenna is a design that begs to be portable in a way televisions never have been. That's why the form-factor needed to move into a new market, and that's what makes the Smart Cube such a good idea. Not only will this box make your camera smarter, it draws its inspiration from the true innovators that came before it.

Just look at it - this thing even has an antenna.

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So what does the Smart Cube do? It's a device that plugs into DSLR cameras and extends their functionality. It provides them with a 3G or 4G connection, gives users the ability to edit photos without having to move them to a computer first, and offers the ability to access social media and cloud storage out of the box (see what I did there?). All of this is powered by Android 4.2.

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The cube is the perfect shape for mobile technology. When you place a cube down, you know it won't roll away, and thanks to all of those corners, it's easy to hold on to. There's a reason Amazon ships things in boxes, and 9 out of 10 delivery men would agree that there's no better shape to hit the road with. Just look at this guy and ask yourself why no smartphone manufacturer thought of this first.

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When you stumble across a piece of tech that's shaped like a cube, you know it's going to change things. The PlayStation 2 and the Xbox were both solid game consoles, but neither could shape up quite like the Gamecube. Sure, the Volkswagon Beetle is distinctive and the Smart Car is whimsical, but nothing turns heads quite like the Nissan Cube. If you want to leave a lasting impression, you make something box-shaped, and you make it big.

If you don't understand my enthusiasm for the Smart Cube, you wouldn't be the only one. A couple of co-workers around here think that the Smart Cube, put bluntly, is stupid and that my opinion is wrong. Perhaps they're right - or maybe something like this is simply too good to be true. Actually, the more I think about it, maybe we should all just go pick up the Samsung Galaxy NX instead. Well played, Samsung.

Oh, and read this.

Sources: The Smart Cube, Press Release

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • atlouiedog

    4.2? It's like almost every hardware manufacturer got together and conspired to make their devices fail.

    • Niclas

      I'm sure it's really important that this cube runs 4.3, because the changes are sooooo huge from 4.2 to 4.3

      Well to be honest I guess even 4.0 would be enough for this cube to run the most important camera apps etc.

    • Thomas’

      Holy Batman, your parody detector is failing hard.

      • atlouiedog

        Did you really read my comment as serious? It's the standard hardware with 4.2 announced post-4.3 comment applied to an obviously fake product. I don't know why anyone would see it as anything but absurd.

    • ari_free

      Not only that but they give no indication whether or not it has NFC.

      FAIL

  • RaviShah

    I cannot tell if this is serious or not

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Was Dumb and Dumber serious?

      • Hans Pedersen

        I can't tell if that was a trick question or not

    • Lamm

      I'm having the same problem....

  • CA719

    is this serious?

  • Telefunken

    Seems silly but is not funny.

  • Logan Butler

    But....it's not April yet...

  • nagi

    4.2? More like 4.1.... 2014 4.1

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Obviously, this is a parody and a promo, most likely by Samsung for the NX camera.

    A dead giveaway are the fonts used on the page: SamsungIF_Rg and SamsungIF_Bd.

    Also, Samsung has had a SmartCube app in the store for a while, so they don't have to worry about trademark issues https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.freebee.app.smtv.

    It's clever, it's almost perfect. It had me rolling on the floor when I first saw it because I didn't know it wasn't real then (that's why we didn't want to spoil that first viewing for you and didn't start the post with Check out these Samsung lulz).

    Bravo, Samsung. Now fess up.

    P.S. I was not one of the co-workers Bertel is talking about. Just the opposite. Unfortunately, being the first to have seen the video, I spoiled it for the others by hyping up just how funny it is.

    • PamelaLibrarian

      I thought this had to be another Onion post!

    • Paul

      I was thinking "Why would it need to be so big? 3G/4G/WiFi/Image Editing/etc. can all be done in a much smaller form factor. That cube is gigantic, what is all the space being used for? It has to be fake" and now, I see it is. Awesome.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/114994124650840583731 Phil D.

      It is Samsung..

      Lookup billing address / name from whois

  • ari_free

    It will do very well on Kickstarter!

  • smisa27

    is this even real? i'm so confused. is it april already?

  • Fellwalker

    Should we believe anything android police post after this
    ?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      No. Never believe anything.

  • james kendall

    sad thing is I almost thought they were "serious"(read crazy enough to think anyone would buy an item that big) till they claimed you could control it via the camera's screen. lol

  • Marcus Low

    You'll notice that there are no rounded corners as well. Not at any angle. Great innovation by SAMSUNG.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    As a marketing campaign.... I don't think this is going to work - you have met people on Social Media right? They believe an onion more than a day old will kill you, PET bottles leech toxic chemicals into the liquid they contain if they get too warm or too cold and that a new speed camera has been designed that hides IN the crash barrier on the road and is somehow able to accurately measure the speed of a passing a vehicle AND take a picture of the vehicle - even though the camera is pointing at the SIDE of the vehicle and not the front or back..... A good 80% of them will believe this is real and more worryingly - they will WANT it....

    EDIT: Find any hoax on Snopes, share it to Facebook verbaten including the link to the snopes article that says it's fake and they will still bloody re-share it!

    • Hans Pedersen

      Trolls on social media and gadget blogs doesn't constitute for "people" in general. They try to generalise what a "people" is, and build a simplified argument on that. =)

  • Leonardo Baez

    it is april yet?

  • Jurgen Bastiaansen

    I want four so I can stack them!

    • http://www.facebook.com/morrissex Javier Cárdenas

      I'm planning on using them as seating in my new home.

  • Baris Uraz

    The logo in the site looks like the Samsung Smart TV logo.

  • Freak4Dell

    FYI, there were giant box TVs that were HDTVs. High definition isn't the same as flat panel (which isn't always the same as thin TVs, either).

  • Jamesee1

    Nokia had the best gathering of any wireless organization (at any rate, that was their notoriety). They made delightful equipment. Evidently they have the best Polaroid of any mobile phone.

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