Google Unveils 'Gmail Motion'

'Now you can control Gmail with your body,' says April 1 announcement
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2011 6:43 AM CDT
Updated Apr 1, 2011 7:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Google proudly unveiled Gmail Motion today—today, of course, being April 1. The new application "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 claims, offering a helpful guide to the necessary gestures. To open an email, for instance, act as if you are opening an envelope. To send an email? Just lick an imaginary stamp and place it down. (Watch the video for a demo of the "ergonomic" movements.)

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"Kudos to the Gmail team for bridging the divide," a Google software engineer says. "I'm eagerly awaiting the next version with ASL turbo boost!" The debut continues Google's cheeky tradition of April Fool's Day releases, which have included its mission to Mars and name change to "Topeka," (Read more April Fools' Day stories.)

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