500 Chrome Experiments and counting…

September 14th, 2012

The web is capable of amazing things and is becoming more capable all the time. To show some of the potential of a better web, we launched in March 2009 with 19 inspiring examples by the creative coding community of what’s possible when combining the latest web technologies with a little code and imagination. Some of those original experiments, like Google Gravity and Ball Pool, are still popular today. But we’re pleased to say that they’ve since been joined by hundreds of other contributions from around that world that have pushed the web even further.

Today marks our 500th experiment, and in celebration, we created Experiment 500 as a thank you note to everyone who submitted their work to the site. It’s an array of interactive particles, each one of them corresponding to a different submission. You can sort them by date or by category.

Celebrating 500 Chrome Experiments

As you browse the experiments, you’ll notice that Chrome Experiments has evolved along with the web in the last 3.5 years. After Google Chrome added support for WebGL, for example, we started seeing beautiful 3D graphics experiments like Evan Wallace’s WebGL Water Simulation and HelloEnjoy’s Lights. When Web Audio came out, we received experiments that let users compose music together, such as Brandon Lockaby’s Multiplayer Piano and Dinahmoe’s Plink. This summer, with the release of Chrome for Android and iOS, we also announced a new gallery of mobile experiments, with submissions including AlteredQualia’s Multitouch Toy and Dominic Szablewski’s X-Type. Lately, we’ve seen real-time coding experiments become popular, like Mr.doob’s Code Editor.

It’s been a blast, and we can’t wait to see what’s next. If you create a HTML5 / JavaScript experiment that breaks new ground on the web, or is just pure fun to play with, please don’t hesitate to submit it. We can’t accept them all, but we’d love to see what you’ve done.

See you at number 1000.

Posted by Aaron Koblin and Valdean Klump, Creative Lab