This past week, Google’s Chrome department got some attention for releasing what amounts to Google Maps for the stars. It’s a fantastic and enormous program that takes you on a tour of the Milky Way and allows you to explore yourself—clicking most stars will lead to a description. The experience is remarkably smooth, mapping an uncountable (sort of, the experiment is called “100,000 Stars”) number of stars.
Chrome experiments is more than just Google developers, though. Sure the group also released JAM, advertised below, which allows users to group together and play live music using a set of instruments and kits. But the experiment gallery is a group of (as of 11/17) 541 interactive games and visuals submitted by any number of developers. And it provides nearly endless ways to experiment. The Chrome Data Arts Team, as it is called, even commemorated the first 500 experiments in mid-September with an interactive categorization of the submitted web projects.
From the Chrome experiment site description:
Chrome Experiments is a showcase for creative web experiments, the vast majority of which are built with the latest open technologies, including HTML5, Canvas, SVG, and WebGL. All of them were made and submitted by talented artists and programmers from around the world.