Researchers convert Google's Gmail Motion joke into reality with Microsoft Kinect

By Emil · 16 replies
Apr 4, 2011
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  1. On April 1, Google introduced a new Motion feature to its Gmail service. Gmail Motion is supposed to let you access and control your Gmail account using gestures, but the demonstration video made it quite clear that it was an April Fools' joke. Researchers at Institute of Creative Technologies (ICT) decided that they didn't find it funny, and announced a hack using the Microsoft Kinect sensor for the Xbox 360 to control Gmail using Gmail Motion's exact suggested gestures.

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  2. Lol. I just heard a piece on NPR regarding this.

    I thought for a minute that NPR had been duped by Google.

    Can somebody really think that the "Gmail motion" concept is worthy of a prototype!? I might be narrow minded here, but I can't envision using a computer sans keyboard.
  3. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,276   +461

    I think they were trying to be humorous, but show that they could build a framework for something just like it. It could have much better application but this also shows the flexibility it can have even if ridiculous.
  4. Had a feeling the Kinect peeps would be all over this :) Nice lol. oh and...

    SANS SANS SANS! Give it a friggin rest, it does not make you sound clever!
  5. negroplasty

    negroplasty TS Guru Posts: 516   +12

    I agree 100%, it makes you sound stupid.
  6. <Quote>
    Guest said:
    SANS SANS SANS! Give it a friggin rest, it does not make you sound clever!

    I agree 100%, it makes you sound stupid.

    What does sans mean?
  7. Sans - "the absence of something"


    Sans - Word douchbages use to sound smart
  8. According to the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary sans is a Middle English term meaning "without." In saying a computer sans keyboard, they are combining English with Middle English, to say a computer [without] keyboard. I believe usage of "sans" causes more confusion then clear communication.

    I trust this answers your question.

    "Sans - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary." Dictionary and Thesaurus - Merriam-Webster Online. Web. 05 Apr. 2011. <>.
  9. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 544

    You know... most people didn't even envision a computer *with* a keyboard, 50 years ago or so. So what might happen in 2060? Will holographic technologies hit the roof like it's predicted? The G-Mail sans keyboard might very well become the standard setting (even with interactive holography making its debut in the far future).

    I visited a high school class the other day at a school focused on IT-technology, and I was *very* surprised that no-one knew that computer mice "used to have" a ball checking the movement. Peripheral technology is making a big leap, dude.

    Btw, contrary to many other TechSpot-readers reading this thread, I think that your use of the word "sans" was actually pretty cool ;)
  10. That is really awesome!
  11. I wonder if anybody thought of using AMSLAN gestures -- similar to the speech to type software out there.
  12. sans = cool to me!
  13. "Sans" is a perfectly normal word used by many normal, educated, unpretentious people. Just because a few people had to look it up and feel angry at themselves, and thus felt compelled to lash out at the person that used it, doesn't change anything.
  14. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    i guess i may buy myself a kinnect sooner, but for my PC :p ... lol .. humm, i wonder if it makes coffee !? ...

    no this is my idea .... i shall sue anyone trying to steal it, oops shouldn't have announced it before registering for the patent ...

    OK off i go, enough carpet smokin 4 the day ..

  15. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    re - hello ...

    sorry i missed the OT comments, i have to add that 'sans'is commonly used to express what the 1st guest said & like Lokalaskurar - it was cool, anyway ... "je parle aussi Français"so it came naturally :p

    re- cheers!
  16. I rick-rolled google on April Fools' day:
  17. Richy2k9 Stop using intriguing and unusual words in your posts - do you want to be responsible for causing brain-freezes or even, God forbid, brain-farts in the less adept? Oh my, I just did it too! I'll clarify:

    adept: [adj. uh-dept; n. ad-ept, uh-dept]
    very skilled; proficient; expert: an adept juggler.
    –noun ad·ept
    a skilled or proficient person; expert.

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