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USC Researchers Demonstrate Real-Life Gmail Motion

timothy posted about 3 years ago | from the when-reality-trumps dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "In this tongue-in-cheek video, researchers at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies take playful jabs at Google as they demonstrate their software controlling Gmail with a Microsoft Kinect sensor. The gesture controls are strikingly similar to those jokingly suggested by Google in their fictional Gmail Motion application, posted as an April Fools' day prank. The researchers have made their software available for free on their website."

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Pirst fost (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35693230)

First post!

Re:Pirst fost (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35693316)

Why?

Re:Pirst fost (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35693346)

Why?

Because this is another useless dumbass story about a complete non-issue. And April Fools is over.

It is not worthy of a real comment. More "frosty piss" bullshit actually makes sense here.

Re:Pirst fost (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35693780)

You sir speak the truth.

It's hopelessly sad what makes it as news here -_-

It would be even more awesome... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35693350)

... if they did this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiZNtTLAwz8

Who didn't see this coming? (3, Funny)

devincook (1929234) | about 3 years ago | (#35693390)

Seriously... anytime anyone posts a good idea (even slightly outlandish) on the internet with no implementation, it gets implemented. How awesome would a combination hooker and blackjack machine be? Have at it, internet.

Re:Who didn't see this coming? (1)

Fuzzums (250400) | about 3 years ago | (#35693404)

...that brings cold beer.

Re:Who didn't see this coming? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35693528)

I was surprised Google themselves didn't do this. Remember: always take your jokes to the next level.

Re:Who didn't see this coming? (4, Funny)

Ihmhi (1206036) | about 3 years ago | (#35693734)

It's great, isn't it? It's speech recognition software for people who use sign language.

Re:Who didn't see this coming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35693904)

The difference is, it would probably be much much easier both to control and to implement, with far fewer errors.

Re:Who didn't see this coming? (1)

anton_kg (1079811) | about 3 years ago | (#35705418)

The really cool thing is that there is only one sign language. May be we should all learn it and it won't be any language barrier anymore. If you know what I mean. Then we would need a software which would convert all languages to one - sing language.

Re:Who didn't see this coming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35705694)

Actually there are a few dialects of sign but there are so many similarities that signers can learn each new dialect in a matter of minutes/hours.

Re:Who didn't see this coming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35712088)

My wife does ASL interpreting, and they are having trouble getting people to do it for $60 an hour.

Re:Who didn't see this coming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35693884)

so you could get screwed both ways at once...

Loose slots (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35698368)

combination hooker and blackjack machine

Where would you insert the coins?

Re:Who didn't see this coming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35698550)

How awesome would a combination hooker and blackjack machine be? Have at it, internet.

Nice try, but I'm not sharing.

Potential (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about 3 years ago | (#35693560)

If well could be risky to use that in normal environments (like with voice commands, the computer have no way to tell that what you did or said was for it or for someone else in reach), have some potential for not so normal environments or uses. And that it is flexible enough to emulate gmail joke in little time mean that it could be ready for special uses.

Re:Potential (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35694730)

have it only work when you are staring at the screen...

Congratulations to the USC Team (1)

jacksonyee (590218) | about 3 years ago | (#35693632)

After the tragedy/comedy combination that was April Fool's Day, it's nice to see someone taking a joke and turning it into someone useful. As a poster mentioned earlier yesterday, it would be quite nice to give Outlook the finger and have a sad face or a pouting puppy popup on your computer. That would take a large amount of the users' and tech support's rage out.

I am by no means in favor of a Minority Report-style interface for everyday computing, but it would be useful in certain situations. To release this software in a day is something that I would have expected only from the collegiate level, particularly from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, or Berkley. Keep the good work up, USC.

Ha! Joke's on you! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35695012)

Actually, $UC is itself a joke. To mention Figueroa Tech in the same breath as MIT, CM or Cal is an insult to those institutions.

Re:Congratulations to the USC Team (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35696860)

And Stanford can SUCK IT

Good job USC! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#35697960)

There will be some silly and serious implementations that will just be amazing. Kinect will likely change many things (good or bad) in the next few years. If any thing I though Google's prank was a bit sour grapes. Yes, obviously Kinect can't be used for all concepts, but also more obvious interaction concepts will evolve so that there may eventually be useful ways to interact with Gmail or Outlook with Kinect in the near future.

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