Gmail Motion into Reality – Control Gmail with Body Movements

by on April 9th, 2011

Google introduced Gmail Motion, allowing users to control Gmail using gestures and body movements. That was for April fools day but the Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving (SLOOW) and FAAST (Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit) are the solutions which show how this technology can be used with a Microsoft Kinect sensor to control Gmail using the gestures described by Google. This project uses OpenNI coupled with FAAST and was made by Evan Suma and the folks at Mark Bolas’ MxR Lab at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.

Evan Suma and the folks in Mark Bolas’ MxR Lab put together this demo illustrating how to make Gmail Motion, Google’s April Fools Day prank, really work.

It works pretty much as Google had intended: You can type text into Gmail by using body gestures and send an email by “licking” the stamp and slapping it onto an imaginary envelope. Check out the video below for a demonstration.

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