Motion is the next big thing from Google

April 1st, 2011

As you may have heard already, Google has just unveiled its new feature, aptly titled Gmail Motion. In an attempt to keep up with the ever-changing technology of the Internet, Google has created a series of motions that is translated into actions and commands in Gmail.

It performs actions in Gmail such as search, reply all and mark as unread based on your motions, instead of the click of a mouse. The advancement will allow users to feel more at one with their computers and have a more personal email experience.

How does it work?

The technology works with your computer’s webcam – most of which are built in to your computer nowadays. Google’s patented spatial tracking technology registers your movements and translates them into Gmail-specific commands.

How to use Gmail Motion safely

Safety precautions are very critical when it comes to operating Gmail Motion. Just like any other physical activity, injuries are possible and the proper steps must be taken in order to avoid them. Ensuring that the area around you is clear is the first step. The technology may overwhelm you at times and cause you to make fast, jerky movements, which can result in injury.

It is also essential to take breaks every 30 to 40 minutes and stretch in between sessions, so you don’t strain yourself.

If you think you might want to give Gmail Motion a try, check out the official website. It has how-to videos as well as a printable Motion Guide that outlines all the possible motions and their corresponding commands. If you are wondering how you can incorporate the new technology into your business, don’t worry – Google Docs Motion is the next feature that will be released.

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!

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