Mountain View (CA) – You’re drunk and you’ve just emailed your boss a nasty resignation letter. Now you’re out of a job and eating at Taco Bell … sound far fetched? Apparently not, according to Google, and the company is now offering a new app that can prevent EUI or emailing under the influence. Google Goggles is a Gmail setting that enables a simple math test when you try to send an email. The theory here is that if you correctly and quickly guess the math problems, then you’re either Asian or sober enough to shoot that email into the Internets, Intertubes or whatever they are calling that thing these days.
Google engineer, Jon Perlow, came up with Google Goggles after he sent an email to an ex-girlfriend after a long night of drinking. He asked her if they could get back together and apparently things didn’t work out very well.
“Hopefully Mail Goggles will prevent many of you out there from sending messages you wish you hadn’t. Like that late night memo — I mean mission statement — to the entire firm,” writes Perlow.
You enable Goggles by going into Gmail’s settings and then labs. After enabling Goggles and saving the changes, you’ll see a green lab beaker next to your user name. Then go back into settings to set up the days and times you want Goggles to be activated. So if you party hard on Friday nights, you might want to set this thing to hit on Fridays from 8 PM to 3 AM. You can also set the difficulty of the math problems from 1 being the easiest to 5 being the most difficult.
If you try to send an email during the enabled times, you’ll be presented with five math problems after you click the send button. The problems are a mix of easy addition, subtraction, division and multiplication problems (don’t worry there’s no trig or calculus here) which should pose no problems if you’re sober or Asian. The test must be completed successfully in 60 seconds or the email will be rejected. Here’s the weird thing, you can take the test an unlimited number of times and the test doesn’t work on the iPhone.
So far the reaction to the new Gmail feature has been mixed. KPIX-TV’s Kiet Do tested a bunch of drinkers at a local pub and many couldn’t complete the problems in the allotted time. Some people told Do that Goggles was a great idea, but another patron said, “I hate this to be honest with you.”