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

USC Lab Creates Google April Fool’s Email Prank – For Real 6 April,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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