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 built a series of motions that is translated into actions and commands in Gmail.
Common actions such as reply all, search and archive can now be completed with simple gestures, instead of a keyboard and mouse. This advancement will probably make users feel more in sync with their computers and enjoy their email experiences even more.
How does it work?
The technology works with your computer’s webcam – most of which are built in to your computer these days. Google’s patented spatial tracking technology detects 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. Making sure 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 recommended that you take regular breaks, just as you would if you were doing any other sort of work on the computer. Intermittent stretching is ideal as well. It will prevent your muscles from cramping and feeling overworked.
If this technology intrigues you, try taking a look at the Gmail Motion website, which profiles how-to videos and a printable Motion Guide that contains all of the possible gestures. If you are a business user who is wondering when you will be able to take advantage of this technology, have no fear – you will soon be seeing Google Docs Motion.
This is a huge technological advancement that could change the way all of us interact with our computers and complete daily tasks. Google’s latest announcement may seem goofy and kind of crazy to some of you, and it is – it’s just another one of Google’s yearly April Fools’ Day pranks.
Happy April Fools’ Day!