Google launched “Gmail Motion Beta” on April 1, 2011, to add physicality to online communication and amusement for April Fools Day. Instead of using old technology, such as the keyboard and mouse, it’s time to use motion control to write emails. Newly patented spatial tracking technology uses a webcam to detect your movements and translate them into meaningful characters and commands. The new technology is being promoted in three YouTube videos, an introduction by Gmail product manager Paul McDonald, environmental movement specialist Lorraine Klayman, and Gmail Motion scientific advisor Dennis Tooley.
Click on the image below to play the Gmail Motion introduction video in YouTube (HD)
Click on the image below to play the GMail Motion Specialist video in YouTube (HD)
Click on the image below to play the Paralanguage Expert video in YouTube (HD)
Google does note that some safety precautions should be observed before using Gmail Motion. For starters, users should clear about 4 feet of space around them. Additionally, they should take breaks every 30-40 minutes. The Gmail Motion Beta introduction includes a schematic and safety diagram. It is hoped that by April 1, 2012 the new product will be shown to be foolproof and moved out of Beta mode.