New Google Chrome Experiment Goes Inside the World of the Hobbit

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-11-30 Print this article Print
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Chrome Experiments began in 2009, when Google unleashed the project as a showcase for creative Web experiments for its Chrome Web browser. The projects are contributed by people around the world. Most of the experiments are built with the HTML5, Canvas, SVG and WebGL.

In June 2013, Google introduced a video game, Cube Slam, to demonstrate and show off WebRTC capabilities. WebRTC allows users to see, hear and communicate with each other using only a Web browser, whether they are playing a game or participating in an online video conference. Google has been working on WebRTC projects for some time as a Google Chrome Experiments project. The technology could find its way into many other business and consumer uses in the future. The Cube Slam video game lets users play face-to-face against their friends by simply using a WebRTC-enabled browser.

In May, Google unveiled two other Chrome Experiments mobile video games–Roll It and Racer–aimed at slot-car-racing and Skee-ball fans, giving them the ability to play with other people using phones, tablets and computers running Chrome. Roll It is a modern-day version of the classic boardwalk Skee-ball game that players can play using a browser on their phone, desktop or laptop computer, while Racer lets players build slot-car-style race tracks, which can then align across up to five mobile screens that are used by friends who have joined the game.

This is the second time in recent months that Google has been involved in a project involving a major fantasy motion picture. In July, Google's Street View cameras went inside the Harry Potter studio in London to give viewers an inside virtual tour. In the inner sanctum of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, the sets and scenery from the beloved Harry Potter films are on display for visitors in real life. They can virtually visit the inside of The Great Hall and the oft-seen cobblestones of Diagon Alley, where Harry and his friends began their adventures. The Street View images include the infamous Diagon Alley marketplace using the 360-degree views and full-color imagery provided by Street View.


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