Google releases 1,000th Chrome Experiment

To celebrate the 1,000th Chrome Experiment we revisit some milestone projects and demos.

Back in 2009 Google launched its first Chrome Experiment. The Exerpiments drive was intended to showcase the amazing work developers were doing with Standards Based technologies such as HTML5 and JavaScript.

The Experiments project kicked off with just 19 demos. In the intervening years, the community has taken Chrome Experiments to its heart and has contributed some amazing work. And, very recently, the thousandth Experiment has been released.

Experiment #1000

Experiment #1000 is a visualisation of every experiment released. You can explore all 1,000 in a variety of ways, including a real-time code editor and a timeline with selectable tags. Click on the WebGL tag, for example, and you'll see how that technology surged in popularity when it was added to Chrome in 2011.

Site redesign

Along with launching Experiment #1000, the Chrome Experiment site has been redesigned using Polymer. The new site is mobile friendly so scales smoothly across different viewport sizes and orientations.

Here are some Chrome Experiment highlights...

The first Chrome Experiment

Press L to see sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads.

WebGL Aquarium is credited as being the first Chrome Experiment. It was released on December 2013, 2010.

The site – which stands the test of time well – lets you immerse yourself in a beautiful aquarium full of fish, sharks and coral. The demo features 3D models, scene animation, hi-res textures, reflections, and lots more JavaScript and WebGL based trickery.

The most popular Chrome Experiment

Download the code for WebGL Globe and use it to inject life into your data.

Launched on 12 May 2011, WebGL Globe is an open platform for geographic data visualisation. It was built by Google's Data Arts Team.

Our favourite Chrome Experiment

Take a trip around 100,000 stars and be amazed.

100,000 Stars is an interactive visualisation of the stellar neighborhood created for the Google Chrome web browser. It shows the real location of over 100,000 nearby stars

Words: Martin Cooper

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