If you’ve tried signing in to your gmail account today (which happens to be April fool’s day) you probably noticed a little tab on the bottom left that invites users to try out a brand new gmail feature termed as “Gmail Motion”. The feature promises to provide a new way of interacting with gmail using your body. I for one was left Googling my mind trying to make sense of all this, until of course I clicked on it and it clicked on me!
Intrigued by this brand new feature I clicked through to learn more about it and was presented with a Youtube video with a Google engineer trying to explain the new feature. The intro itself is quite revolutionary as it promises to take advantage of the “countless technological advancements that have allowed for much more efficient human computer interaction” since the invention of the mouse and keyboard. Without further ado here is the Youtube video that introduces gmail users to the new gmail motion feature:
That’s not all, on the right hand side of the video you have the benefits of the brand new feature outlined as well accompanied by creative icons.
The best part of this innovative prank however is the motion guide which aims to familiarize users with “sample gestures” using which you can control your email with your body. Most cubicles are too small to accommodate all these well thought out gestures!
To top it all off they even have “experts” in the video providing their two cents on this wonderfully executed highly innovative April fool’s prank by Google. Convinced by the gimmick the user clicks on the “Try Gmail Motion” button and is presented by the following image.
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