Gmail Tap: Say Goodbye to the QWERTY Keyboard

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Google has cooked up an idea it calls Gmail Tap, reinventing the QWERTY keyboard as we know it.

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The new text input system, announced in a blog post on April 1 (ahem, April Fool's Day), uses finger taps rather than keys in mobile Gmail">Gmail.

"Think about the size of that device, it's only two inches, two and a half inches -- and we're trying to cram an entire 26 key keyboard in that space," the video says.

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Reed Morse, Google software engineer and relative of Samuel Morse, designed Gmail Tap by re-imagining Morse Code for a touch device. Every letter of the alphabet can be written using just two buttons, Gmail says.

Though the Gmail Tap draws upon a real problem -- too many keys on crammed touchscreens -- the video's full of humor. One engineer remarks, "I think the people that will be best served by Gmail Tap are people with fat fingers."

April Fool's Day aside, do you think the keyboard could use an update?


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1. Gmail Motion

Last year, Google announced a "new feature" in Gmail that would allow your webcam to recognize simple actions like pretending to open an envelope in order to open your inbox. Because gesture recognition is indeed a hot trend, this video is almost real enough to believe.

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