Google Gmail launches new ‘Motion’ feature

Searching for a little April Fools’ Day humor? Check out Google’s annual Gmail hijinks.

This year the web giant’s hoax is “Gmail Motion,” which promises a “new way to communicate.”

By using your computer’s webcam, you can simply make gestures to check and send email. No more using that old-school mouse and keyboard!

As the accompanying video shows, licking your fingers like a stamp indicates you want to send email. Pointing a thumb over your shoulder means “reply.”

The 'Motion' technology will soon be coming to Google Docs, as demonstrated here by Beta testers.

The 'Motion' technology will soon be coming to Google Docs, as demonstrated here by Beta testers.

How does it work? “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. Movements are designed to be simple and intuitive for people of all skill levels.”

Google has been pulling people’s legs since 2000 — previous hoaxes included posting fictitious jobs for a research center on the moon; Google Gulp, an IQ enhancing beverage; and Gmail Paper, which offered to print users emails and snail mail them for archival purposes.

Meanwhile, over in China, Google’s portal is offering teleportation.

28 comments Add your comment

John OTC

April 1st, 2011
1:01 pm

Those monkeys…


April 1st, 2011
1:12 pm

Our IT guy sent this out and fooled a bunch of us in the office. Fool me once, shame on…… how did that go again?


April 1st, 2011
1:19 pm

One guy at work put up an official looking notice on the printer telling everyone that it’s now voice activated. Very funny…

Uncle Tom

April 1st, 2011
1:21 pm

Whats gmail?


April 1st, 2011
1:26 pm

i ma best justin beiber n jeckson


April 1st, 2011
1:30 pm

What is a google?


April 1st, 2011
1:34 pm

Brant. A google is ten raised to the 100th. It’s a large number. Didn’t they teach you that in school?


April 1st, 2011
1:39 pm

LMAO @ sp & Fred…LOL!!!


April 1st, 2011
1:54 pm

Fred – You’re thinking of googol. Sounds the same, spelled differently :)

Enemas for Christmas

April 1st, 2011
1:58 pm

My groin itches.


April 1st, 2011
2:01 pm

Its like 6 senc. . .
Hope operating will be easy. . .


April 1st, 2011
2:17 pm

This really isn’t that funny. Nearly the exact same thing was done in 2009 by the company behind the Opera Browser. I really expected Google to be able to come up with something better and unique. Try again next year, Google.


April 1st, 2011
2:20 pm

Chad, no one likes a complainer.


April 1st, 2011
2:26 pm

@ Amber, clearly you are intelligent, are you cute as well? If so, I’m all yours…:)


April 1st, 2011
2:29 pm

The funny thing is that what these “experts” are saying kinda makes sense.


April 1st, 2011
2:46 pm

Hey, Fred is right – look it up – and yes the Google part is a purposeful misspell of the word googol.


April 1st, 2011
3:03 pm

I like it. no one remembers what Opera did 2 years ago. come on now…


April 1st, 2011
3:15 pm

Are they hiring? I can come up with better stuff.

to John OTC

April 1st, 2011
3:25 pm

Great first comment :)
I could “hear” your sarcasm!
Made me laugh more than the 4/1 joke :o


April 1st, 2011
4:35 pm

This was very creative and fun. Hats off to Google.


April 1st, 2011
4:35 pm

No Fred, that is a googol


April 1st, 2011
5:17 pm

I saw that and as an early adapter I thought it was a nutty idea I wanted no part of. Turns out it was nuttier than I thought.


April 1st, 2011
5:42 pm

jw: SHHHHHHH on the spelling thing lol. Don’t give them too much info.


April 2nd, 2011
4:32 pm

On a day where every hack prankster in the world dusts off the old “funny prank muscle” and embarks on a journey of of hoodwinking, I implore you to choose the road less traveled, my dear impressionable readers.

Lynn Farrell

April 5th, 2011
11:35 am

Engaging and well written article! This tops anything I have read lately on the subject at hand. I wonder if this’ll be posted on Twenty-First Tycoon. Although the site has awesome political, business, technology and real estate news, they could use more stuff like this.


April 5th, 2011
12:35 pm

Good thing AOL doesn’t do these pranks. People with email address would have fallen for this completely and sent the announcement out to all their relatives.

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