Chrome Web Lab: The Experiment Continues

October 29th, 2012

In July, we launched Chrome Web Lab, a series of 5 interactive experiments that push the boundaries of what is possible in a modern browser and a museum experience that’s fully web-connected.

Web Lab has opened the Science Museum in London to the entire world, and so far we’ve seen more than 2.5 million visitors from 196 countries creating more than 2 million Sketchbot portraits, Universal Orchestra compositions, Teleporter postcards and Data Tracer snapshots.

In the spirit of Chrome Web Lab being an ongoing experiment we’ve continued iterating and refining the experience. For example, using the new getUser Media API, you can now use your webcam to send a picture of your face, with your permission, to the Sketchbots experiment without an additional plug-in. We’ve also added a new backing track to the Universal Orchestra that changes based on a number of factors including how many people are visiting the Experiment at any given time. We’ve been proactively asking for your feedback and based on it we’ve also made a number of tweaks and improvements to both the web and museum experience, including performance, stability and usability updates.

For the technically-inclined who want to get under the hood of how Web Lab was made, we’ll be hosting a series of Google Developer Live videos with the developers who created them to pull back the curtain on how they were made.

We’ll continue to experiment and push the web forward with Web Lab. Check it out for yourself at or, if you’re in town, at the Science Museum in London.

Posted by Max Madile, Google Creative Lab, on behalf of the Web Lab team