Google Chrome Goes 3D

Apr 04, 2009 by Miranda Marquit weblog
Google Chrome with 3D
Image source: google.com

(PhysOrg.com) -- On April 1, Google announced the launch of Google Chrome with 3D. The next day, the Google blog announced (for those who didn't catch on) that it was an April Fool's joke. But still, for the brief time the effect was available on Google Chrome, it was pretty cool.

Since I have a Mac, I can't take advantage of Google on my computer (but as soon as it is available for Mac, I plan to give it the old college try). But I can go elsewhere and try it out -- and that's just what I did. It's lucky most of the people I know are PC people. With a little help from a handy toggle button on the browser window, it was possible to get a reasonably believable effect of 3D. Here is what the designer of the effect said about it on the Google Chrome Blog:

"This elaborate scheme, conceived deep within the bowels of the Googleplex and executed at enormous expense, was to make a fake but believable 3D effect that could be toggled by a new button on the toolbar. ... I decided to do a simple shift of the red and blue channels of the image of the web page after it was rendered. This was easier than doing other suggestions like shifting only the images or creating a non-uniformly shifted image."

The shift allowed Chrome users to play with an effect that looked like 3D. My favorite part of the joke, however, was the clever page describing the steps to take when accessing Google Chrome with 3D. The page illustrates how you can print out 3D glasses, use the button to switch the appearance and then enjoy. There is even a technical description with fancy words like "anaglyph".

Google always puts together an elaborate joke for April Fool's Day, and I think that this years was the best yet.

© 2009 PhysOrg.com

Explore further: Android gains in US, basic phones almost extinct

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Google Releases Chrome 2.0 Alpha

Jan 14, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- With the full release of Chrome 1.0 in December, Google has just released Chrome 2.0 alpha that brings many noticeable improvements over Chrome 1.0. With this new alpha release of Chrome 2.0, ...

Microsoft's browser sees notable decline in usage

Jan 04, 2009

Microsoft Corp.'s Internet browser lost a notable number of users during the last half of 2008, according to recently published data, a trend that underscores the growing competition in a market long dominated ...

NASA and Google Launch Virtual Exploration of Mars

Feb 02, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA and Google announced Monday the release of a new Mars mode in Google Earth that brings to everyone's desktop a high-resolution, three-dimensional view of the Red Planet.

Microsoft releases IE8: adds shortcuts, security

Mar 19, 2009

(AP) -- Microsoft Corp. released a new version of Internet Explorer Thursday, adding features meant to speed up common Web surfing tasks and bringing the browser's security measures in line with those of ...

Recommended for you

Android gains in US, basic phones almost extinct

Apr 18, 2014

The Google Android platform grabbed the majority of mobile phones in the US market in early 2014, as consumers all but abandoned non-smartphone handsets, a survey showed Friday.

Hackathon team's GoogolPlex gives Siri extra powers

Apr 17, 2014

(Phys.org) —Four freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania have taken Apple's personal assistant Siri to behave as a graduate-level executive assistant which, when asked, is capable of adjusting the temperature ...

Microsoft CEO is driving data-culture mindset

Apr 16, 2014

(Phys.org) —Microsoft's future strategy: is all about leveraging data, from different sources, coming together using one cohesive Microsoft architecture. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday, both in ...

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

earls
2.3 / 5 (3) Apr 04, 2009
Chrome is a joke: WHERE THE FK IS THE PLUGIN SUPPORT?
jplur
not rated yet Apr 06, 2009
I've been using Chrome since it came out, but I'm not that impressed. Google should have supported it better, I doubt it will be around too long.

More news stories

Ex-Apple chief plans mobile phone for India

Former Apple chief executive John Sculley, whose marketing skills helped bring the personal computer to desktops worldwide, says he plans to launch a mobile phone in India to exploit its still largely untapped ...

Airbnb rental site raises $450 mn

Online lodging listings website Airbnb inked a $450 million funding deal with investors led by TPG, a source close to the matter said Friday.

Health care site flagged in Heartbleed review

People with accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the ...

A homemade solar lamp for developing countries

(Phys.org) —The solar lamp developed by the start-up LEDsafari is a more effective, safer, and less expensive form of illumination than the traditional oil lamp currently used by more than one billion people ...

NASA's space station Robonaut finally getting legs

Robonaut, the first out-of-this-world humanoid, is finally getting its space legs. For three years, Robonaut has had to manage from the waist up. This new pair of legs means the experimental robot—now stuck ...

Filipino tests negative for Middle East virus

A Filipino nurse who tested positive for the Middle East virus has been found free of infection in a subsequent examination after he returned home, Philippine health officials said Saturday.

Egypt archaeologists find ancient writer's tomb

Egypt's minister of antiquities says a team of Spanish archaeologists has discovered two tombs in the southern part of the country, one of them belonging to a writer and containing a trove of artifacts including reed pens ...