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As a follow-up to our previous post about the Incredible Morphing Table, here is a new video conveying just some of the amazing potential functions of Tangible Media Group's Dynamic Shape Display, inFORM.

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In fine form, Youtube announces a Netflix-style DVD subscription service for April 1st. There's more WINning pranks from yesterday's April Fools tomfoolery right here:

Think Geek displays their new Wizard Robe accessory. Meanwhile, gaming accessory company Razer announces a set of goggles that will give you a HUD that will display gamer statistics in real time.

In more extravagant news, Virgin would like to take you to the center of the earth (with Seth Green and will.i.am of course). The unholy relationship between Google and Nascar is finally revealed: Start your engines! Sony announces their itty-bitty quarter-sized laptop (which will undoubtedly cost four times more than other products of its type).

Google continues their nigh-endless series of jokes by announcing a multi-tasking browser and a Morse-code enabled texting service (it's more efficient, really!).

Oh, and WestJet wants to make sure that you never fly with children in your cabin ever again.

As always, half of these pranks would be totally amazing if they were actually real. Have any more fun April 1st news and stories? Let us know in the comments!

Make sure to check out FAIL Nation for the wrong side of April 1st!

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Welcome to the future of online video.

YouTube announced on Friday that the site now supports 360-degree videos, so a viewer has the ability to pan around the scene as the video plays and watch a moment from different perspectives. On mobile devices you just have to move the phone itself around.

StressLevelZero created the above video as an example of how this new technology works. Note: you’ll need to be in the Chrome browser or on an Android phone.

The short film is about a flying, time traveling red couch, and you can click and drag inside the video to see what’s going on around you.

Of course to produce these videos you will need to buy a special camera. Right now Bublcam, Giroptic’s 360cam, IC Real Tech’s Allie, Kodak’s SP360 and RICOH THETA are all compatible with YouTube. And uploading the content requires a special process.

YouTube also offered some suggestions for what you can do with the technology.

You could let viewers see the stage and the crowd of your concert, the sky and the ground as you wingsuit glide, or you could even have a choose-your-own-adventure video where people see a different story depending on where they look. Only you know what’s possible.