June 8th, 2011
Welcome to live updates on the first Chromebook preview, a 2-day exploration of the web that also gives you a way to get your Chromebook early. We will continue to live to update this blog post with subsequent preview locations.
Live Updates (latest at the top)
That’s it for the Chromebook preview! You can see a recap of all the preview sites in our slideshow below. Thanks for exploring the web with us and stay tuned for more details on Chromebook availability.
6:03pm PT – Last but not least, continue your exploration of the web and its possibilities at the Chrome Web Store. This is your last chance to access a Chromebook preview!
5:16pm PT – Clue: Web is all you need, especially once you see everything we’ve got in store for you. This is the last Chromebook Preview!
3:25pm PT – Surface is a mesmerizing HTML5 experiment where you can interact with a water-like surface, adding your own photos, raindrops, and more. It’s a beautiful experience that demonstrates the visual fluidity possible using WebGL technology.
3:01pm PT – Clue: Want more Chromebook Preview? There’s more to this surface than meets the eye. Just add water. And WebGL.
1:47pm PT – We’re excited by the many possibilities in 3D online gaming with HTML5. The simple yet captivating FastKat by omiod is just the tip of the iceberg, but we are definitely addicted.
1:14pm PT – Clue: The fast cat gets the Chromebook at this next Chromebook Preview location…
12:21pm PT – Explore the body with Google Body, a 3D model of the human body built for the browser using WebGL. You can peel back anatomical layers, zoom in, and navigate the body to identify anatomy, or search for muscles, organs, bones and more — like the next location of the Chromebook preview.
12:09pm PT – Clue: Peel back the layers and take a journey within. You might find the next Chromebook Preview there.
10:55am PT: Denver punk rock band the Gamits literally had their video for their song “Pieces” smashed into pieces to create “This Shell“, a music video puzzle built in HTML5 that rewards fans with a free download of the song at the end — if you can put the puzzle together before the song ends.
10:33am PT: Clue: Put the pieces of this shell together & we think you’ll like the sound of it…if you can do it before the song ends.
9:26am PT – The first Chromebook preview location of the day is at Wantist, a fun place to shop for gifts designed with a clever “one-sentence interface”: I’m looking for [something] for [someone] — all built in HTML5, of course.
9:06am PT – Clue: For the artist, romanticist, whatever-ist in your life, get them what they WANT…
9:03am PT – Welcome to day 2 of the Chromebook Preview, where you can get your hands on a Chromebook early. With limited quantities of Chromebooks left, we’re going to up the ante today and make it a bit more challenging to find the preview. Are you ready?
Tuesday, June 7
7:45pm PT – That’s all for today! Check out the slideshow below for a preview recap. We’ll be back tomorrow so stay tuned.
6:04pm PT – Addictive, challenging yet soothing are a few words we’d use to describe Sinuous, an online game built with HTML5 canvas. Avoid the red dots, and keep an eye out for the next Chromebook preview here.
5:05pm PT – The next Chromebook preview location is an HTML5 Experiment from 9 Elements which started as a performance study on how many particles a browser can calculate and display with a decent frame rate. Add in music and select quotes that contain the words “love” and “HTML5” and the end result is this beautiful, mesmerizing visualization. We love HTML5, too!
3:24pm PT – HTML5 meets the personalized music video in the Chris Milk-directed Chrome Experiment “The Wilderness Downtown“. This project excited us because it showcased how the modern browser can change the way we experience music in a highly interactive, personalized way, and also frankly because we love Arcade Fire.
2:03pm PT – HTML5 is becoming the leading standard for the future of the web, and the HTML5 Readiness project compares the progress of the top 8 browsers in HTML5 support. See how far the browsers have come since 2008, and you’ll also find the next Chromebook preview.
12:18pm PT – YouTube changed the way billions of people watched, shared and discovered videos, but what was the first video uploaded to the site? It’s also the location of the next Chromebook preview, now live here.
9:28am PT – The first Chromebook preview is now open here. For the first stop, we’re taking you back to where it all began: Tim Berners-Lee’s original memo calling for people to help with his CERN-funded WorldWideWeb project. Look for a familiar icon which will serve as your entryway to the Chromebook preview. Each preview will only be open for a limited time before moving to a new location.
Posted by Azhar Hashem, Product Marketing Manager