Google offers April Fool’s laugh with Gmail Motion

1 Apr 2011

Someone, somewhere in Google’s offices must be having a right old laugh today, having been the brain behind Gmail Motion, a technology said to enable users to control Gmail with their bodies. The real story is, none of this is true.

Gmail Motion is Google’s prank this April Fool’s Day.

“Gmail Motion uses your computer’s built-in webcam and Google’s patented spatial tracking technology to detect your movements and translate them into meaningful characters and commands,” Google said on its Gmail Motion website. “Movements are designed to be simple and intuitive for people of all skill levels. “

The page also highlights the benefits of using Gmail Motion, such as its simple and intuitive gestures and increased physical activity for users, as well as being able to be “in and out of your email up to 12pc faster.”

A video offering a Gmail Motion overview leads videos from a “paralanguage expert” and “movement specialist.”

The internet search giant also offers a Motion Guide (see below), which is a printable chart illustrating sample gestures users can employ on Gmail Motion.

Google provides Gmail Motion users with a safety precautions, too. The company recommends users stretch, clear a space around them and take breaks every 30-40 minutes when using Gmail Motion.

Lastly, Google revealed another surprise: “We’re excited to announce that Google Docs Motion will be coming later this year. Learn more.”

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