Gmail Motion April Fool's Hoax Made Real

Remember the Gmail Motion April Fool's joke that John featured before? Well, Evan Suma and his colleagues at Mark Bolas' MxR Lab at University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technology decided to make it real (oh, and the added irony: it uses Microsoft Kinect).

"This application is pretty ridiculous," reads text at the end of the video, which had been viewed more than 230,000 times as of Monday afternoon. "However, the software powering it is real."

The name is based on the actual system the Institute's MxR (Mixed Reality) group used to create it -- the Flexible Action and Articulated Skeleton Toolkit, or FAAST.

In the video, researcher Evan Suma mimics motions from Google's spoof video. He opens e-mail with a motion similar to opening a book. He replies to a message by jerking a thumb over his shoulder and sends one by -- ridiculously -- going through the motions of licking a stamp and sticking it on a letter.

"I can't keep a straight face," Suma says, breaking out in laughter as he waves at the end of the video.

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