The Internet has been abuzz today about the newest feature release from Google. It is called Gmail Motion and it’s Google’s latest attempt to keep up with the ever-evolving technology of the Internet and email. With Gmail Motion, you can now carry out selected actions in your Gmail account with a number of gestures.
Common actions like search, forward, reply and mark as unread can all be performed with gestures, instead of the click of a mouse. This makes users feel more in touch with both their email and their computers and makes for an overall more pleasant email experience.
How does it work?
The technology works with your computer’s webcam – most of which are built in to your computer these days. Google’s patented spatial tracking technology registers your movements and translates them into Gmail-specific commands.
How to use Gmail Motion safely
As with any physical activity, it is important to take certain safety precautions in order to prevent injury. First, clear the area around you. It is easy to get excited about the technology, which can result in sudden movements. If the area is not clear, you could easily hit something and injure yourself or damage property.
Google also suggests that you take regular breaks every 30 or 40 minutes, just as you should with any other sort of deskwork. It is easy for your muscles to get fatigued as well, which is why you should always take time to stretch between sessions.
If this sounds like something you’d like to try, check out the Gmail Motion website. It has a printable Motion Guide that fills you in on all of the possible gestures and what they mean. The possibilities with this new technology are limitless. As for business users who are looking forward to using the Motion feature, they’re in luck – the Gmail Motion technology will soon be coming to Google Docs.
This spatial tracking technology from Google is spectacular – it could potentially change the way we all work and interact with our computers on a regular basis. To some people, this announcement may seem kind of silly, and it is. Gmail Motion is just the latest of Google’s yearly April Fools’ jokes.
Happy April Fools’ Day!