Introducing Gmail Motion

A new way to communicate : Gmail Motion

The mouse and keyboard were invented before the Internet even existed. Since then, countless technological advancements have allowed for much more efficient human computer interaction. Why then do we continue to use outdated technology? Introducing Gmail Motion — now you can control Gmail with your body.

  • How it works

    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.

  • Gmail Motion - Motion Guide

    Motion Guide

    Familiarize yourself with some of the basic functionality of Gmail Motion using this printable guide of sample gestures. With it, you’ll be able to start writing and responding to emails – with your body – in no time.

  • Gmail Motion - Safety precautions

    Safety precautions

    Using Gmail Motion is not only safe but also healthy and fun. As with any physical activity, certain precautions are recommended. First, make sure to clear the area around you. Second, try to take short breaks every 30-40 minutes, just as you would if you were typing. And finally, take time to stretch after each session to give the muscles you’ll be using some relief.

  • Gmail Motion - Coming soon to Google Docs

    Coming soon to Google Docs

    This new motion detection technology doesn’t stop with Gmail. We’re excited to announce that Google Docs Motion will be coming later this year. Learn more

  • Lorraine Klayman, Environmental Movement Specialist, Nevada Polytechnic College“No longer will people be required to bend to the will of technology. Instead, technology will now bend to our will.” Lorraine Klayman, Environmental Movement Specialist, Nevada Polytechnic College
  • Dennis Tooley, Ph.D, California Center for Kinesis and Paralanguage“It is commonly known that 80% of communication is non-verbal. Gmail Motion not only accepts this fact – it embraces it.” Dennis Tooley, Ph.D, California Center for Kinesis and Paralanguage
  • Ken Harrenstien, Software Engineer, Google Accessibility Team“Kudos to the Gmail team for bridging the divide. I’m eagerly awaiting the next version with ASL turbo boost!” Ken Harrenstien, Software Engineer, Google Accessibility Team

16 Comments to “Introducing Gmail Motion”

  • John April 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Is Gmail motion really possible or its just a joke?? Can’t believe this!!!

  • tefa_96 August 25, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    I am having trouble going from one gmail account to another. Ihave 2 gmail accounts.
    I use yahoo and they have a out option, but gmail does not..HELP!
    When to click on the drop down arrow on the right it just says mail settings mail help. There is no sign out on gmail that I could find.

  • Goe122 August 31, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I created a gmail account on my iPhone and when I try to use the username and password on my laptop it says they are invalid. I am sure that I am putting in the right username and password.

  • Samuro September 4, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    After I closed a youtube account and then tried to make new one it said my gmail account is already being used for the youtube account I closed. How can I keep using my gmail account for youtube without having to make a new one? Is this possible?

  • easton j September 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    This individual created a gmail account with my daughter’s name and used it for creating a Facebook profile and assumed my daughter’s identity talking to her family and friends until family members started questioning her comments. Reported to Facebook and gmail. Other options?

  • Mak Sultan September 10, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I must of logged into my gmail account one time on my phone, and even after logging out I keep on getting notifications on my phone every time I get an email from my gmail account. How do I stop this?

  • The Dark Knight September 15, 2013 at 8:32 am


    I would like to add automatically contacts from Gmail to Filemaker. For instance, I receive a mail from a new contact and I want to add this person automaticcaly to my Filemaker database.

    Is it possible ?

    Thank you in advance.

  • D3ZZY September 16, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Recently, my gmail account has started marking random incoming emails as ‘important’. Does anyone know why this is and how to stop it? Thanks!

  • prisha September 22, 2013 at 3:45 am

    I know how to push gmail contacts to the iphone but I want to push iPhone contacts to gmail and I don’t want to use a PC. Anyone know how?

  • Johnky J September 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I have gmail, and I want to block a particular person from emailing me, but I also want that person to know that their email was blocked. Can this be done? If so how?

  • baldy eire September 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    How does the Director communicate with studio camera operators?

  • Chester October 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I’ve been getting quite fed-up with people messaging me on Gmail Chat before I can reach the “Sign out of chat” tab every single time I sign in to check my e-mail. Is there a way to stay permanently out of chat and not auto-sign-in?

    Thanks for your time!

  • Jeremy Xargor is my gamertag October 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    I had a youtube account started years ago. Then a couple months ago i got a gmail account to handle my school email. Now when i log on to youtube, using a yahoo account email, it logs me out of my gmail account and when i log back into my gmail account, the youtube one is also logged out. How can i stop them from interacting together and watch youtube and check mail at the same time?

  • sean October 16, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I use gmail and have noticed whenever i am trying to send a text, the ‘to’ field is cluttered with tons of email contacts. How can I stop the phone from automatically suggesting email addresses as recipients?

  • Noe R October 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    What does google offer with gmail that yahoo doesn’t offer with it’s email. I already have email with aol, sbc, and yahoo, so I don’t need another email account unless there are features that make it worth my time.

  • norrin_shadowwolf November 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    I have over 2000 messages in my gmail inbox. I want to get to the very oldest one but have to click previous page over and over again. Is there a fast way to do this? Something that will take me there with just one click?