Gmail Motion April Fools' Day Joke Realized with Kinect

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News Posted: Mon, Apr 4 2011 10:36 AM
One of Google's 2011 April Fools' Day pranks was the so-called Gmail Motion feature, whereby you could control Gmail using full-body gestures. Many noted at the time that this could probably be done using Kinect, and viola: it's done.

Built by the In fact, it was done by the same crew that developed a way to control World of Warcraft using Kinect, the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.

The group called their earlier development FAAST, for Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit, so naturally they called this one SLOOW for Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving. Perhaps the best gesture is "licking a stamp" to Send an email. They said:
This morning, Google introduced Gmail Motion, allowing users to control Gmail using gestures and body movement. However, for whatever reason, their application doesn't appear to work. So, we demonstrate our solution - the Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving (SLOOW) - and show how it can be used with a Microsoft Kinect sensor to control Gmail using the gestures described by Google.
Check it out below. We await a further update that will allow uploading to Google Docs (another Google AFD prank) by raising your laptop over your head.

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I don't know what to believe anymore!!! (AFD has truly made me a jaded person)

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lol the send motion is funny, its neat to mess around yet, sadly motion detection control isn't going to be useful to many if not all :P

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OSunday replied on Mon, Apr 4 2011 5:51 PM

Minority Report UI For Gmail.. It's gonna be epic

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^now if only it could predict the next email...

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HAHA good job pranking Google :) and showing the that in fact it can be done.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Apr 5 2011 12:25 PM

I could see motion control being useful, but it is not yet. I imagine we will have a different display model before it is. Virtual reality or at least functional HD glasses with 3D internal would seem to be necessary. They would have to be worn in a different way to I would imagine as you would or could be in motion while or when using a peripheral like that.

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The April fools in now on Google!

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