April Fools, 2011 edition: Google kicks things off with Gmail Motion [Update: And oh so much more]

Posted in Hilarity,Technology,Video by Scott Meisner on April 1st, 2011

Just signed out of Gmail and was prompted to check out a new feature in beta called Gmail Motion.

Gmail Motion uses your computer’s built-in webcam and Google’s patented spatial tracking technology to detect your movements and translate them into meaningful characters and commands. Movements are designed to be simple and intuitive for people of all skill levels.

Head over to the elaborately detailed website Google has dedicated to this fun prank. There you’ll find more information about the technology behind Gmail Motion and hear what a “paralanguage expert” and “movement specialist” have to say about it. In due time, the search company plans to expand Motion into Google Docs (creating a pie chart is a riot).

Update: Looks like Google’s pulling a handful of pranks this year. Hop after the break to see what they’re all about. (Click here for more…)

Console Font forms alphabet & number set out of video game lore

Posted in Design,Images,Technology by Scott Meisner on June 10th, 2010

Designer Varun Vachhar has created Console Font, a new font style that derives its shape from video game systems.  You’ll quickly notice that his alphabet/number set is inspired by classic oldies like the Atari 2600 controller, failed machines like the Nokia N-Gage, and modern systems like the Wii and the forthcoming Playstation Move.  He promises to make the font a free download at some point.  Look in the gallery below and see if you can decipher some words.

[Via Engadget; ConsoleFont]

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