Last laugh on Google as researchers turn joke into reality

Google works hard on its April Fool's jokes. This year, it unveiled something called Gmail Motion which allowed people to control their mail application using gestures, along with a video explaining how it worked.

But in an interesting twist, researchers at the University of Southern California's ICT MxR Lab, have come up with a way to turn the joke into reality based on a programme called SLOOW (Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving) and a hacked Microsoft Kinect. I like the line about them trying the Google programme but it not working. Anyway, it's worth a look. Who knows, this could be the mail of the future.

This was first published in April 2011

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