Sega has announced the culmination of their latest engineering know-how: a wearable device known has the MEGAne Drive. The name MEGAne Drive comes from two sources, the name of Sega’s 16-bit console, the Sega Genesis – known to those outside of the EU and Japan as the ‘Mega’ Drive, and from the Japanese word for glasses, megane (meh-gah-neh).
Yeah, ok, this is an April Fool’s joke; well done, Sega.
Sega has always been playful with their April Fool’s jokes. The conservative Virtua Fighter-going-Street Fighter sticks in memory as one of the funniest April Fool’s in recent memory:
The MEGAne Drive is obviously a joke, but it’s interesting that Sega would choose wearable hardware to be the butt of it. Google has been looking to make a break in the wearable hardware space with their forever-in-development Google Glass, and Facebook only just recently purchased Oculus Rift; an acquisition that left many industry insiders skeptical and put Facebook’s stock in slide.
Is this Sega’s way of playfully expressing their own skepticism over the future of wearable hardware? I’m not sure, but that’s certainly one way of looking at it.