April Fool’s Joke Turns Into Reality

Posted: April 5, 2011 by clgiblin in Uncategorized

Every year technology companies have tried to one-up each other with their April Fool’s jokes on the internet. Google announced on Friday, April 1 that they were trying a new product called Gmail Motion, which would allow users to “control Gmail with your body!” They made a video promoting it and describing how it worked. This was Google’s April Fool’s joke, but hackers at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies decided to make it a reality. The team of developers took the sensor from the Microsoft Kinect and tied it together with other software they previously developed for other projects. The hackers ended up creating the Gmail Motion, which Google only intended to use for as a joke.

 

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