Chrome Experiments

Posted by Alex

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No doubt by now you have seen the Arcade Fire + Google Chrome super experiment posted today. This was awesome. Mind still blown. The site where the work was posted is Chrome Experiments and there is a ton of cool stuff there to keep you occupied for hours. (It’s my last day at IDEO this summer and I am having a hard time not playing with this every 5 minutes).

Even cooler, some of the experiments have ‘making of’ links and you can read a little more about their construction. (Warning: only interesting if you know what something like this means: for i in xrange(0, w.getnframes()):. )

According to CE:

We think JavaScript is awesome. We also think browsers are awesome. Indeed, when we talk about them, we say they are the cat’s meow – which is an American expression meaning AWESOME.

In light of these deeply held beliefs, we created this site to showcase cool experiments for both JavaScript and web browsers.

Hurts to try and conceive of all the possibilities with this type of technology. Can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

side note: I still maintain that some of the most interesting websites (in terms of rich/deep content) are those that haven’t even heard of CSS yet. I’m talking about websites that exist solely for the sake of information they host. Screw look and feel, their information needed to reach people. Something like this.

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Shelby says:

August 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm

It’s websites like those and this one that really make the web stir…like it did this morning.

I find it really crazy that such a hype has been drawn up over HTML5 and that Flash will die out. In my opinion it definitely won’t, not for quite some time—both have their practicalities. As much as I like some of these experiments, they don’t show the practical use of HTML5 as a tool like the new Arcade fire site did…although, I am quite addicted to this blob thing.


thehalvo says:

August 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm

@shelby – agreed on all the hype over HTML5. While the possibilities of HTML5 are impressive to say the least there is still a place for Flash out there… and there will be for several years to come.

Thanks for sharing the CE link @alex


grey says:

August 31, 2010 at 3:52 am

…1990 called and they want their internet back.

Seriously? It’s the same kind of content with more bandwidth, processing power, google maps, and video. None of the HTML5 “experiment” stuff is anything flash hasn’t already been doing as other comments have eluded to. I can appreciate the lack of plugin… but as far as “new” or “exciting” much of this is not.

It’s cute I guess, but…



Alex says:

August 31, 2010 at 8:00 am

@Grey It is kind of interesting how closely some of these experiments mimic the early stuff you would see with Flash. Feels a bit like traveling in time for sure.


marc says:

August 31, 2010 at 8:25 am

The last EXPERIMENT I visited first had a warning that I should shut down all other windows and applications because it was going to task my computer. Then I viewed it and yawned.

So what if it can do what flash has been doing for years. Let’s support flash across devices (apple) and move on please.