In our recent post about Google April Fool’s pranks, we told you about one called Gmail Motion Beta. The company launched that phony tech breakthrough by announcing it had developed a series of physical gestures to replace keyboard commands for its email program.

Well, turns out the real joke was on Google. As reported in Wired, the staff over at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies decided to go ahead and actually create the program, silly hand movements and all. They called it the “Software Library Optimizing Obligatory Waving” (or SLOOW). Watch:

Pretty cool. But I’d have been more impressed if they’d figured out Google Translate for Animals

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Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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