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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Google Sphere, an (Unofficial) Experiment

If you have the Chrome browser available, have a look at Google Sphere. It’s an experimental third-party version of Google Images which spins around everything... navigation, image results, and so on.

At the Google Chrome Experiments entry, creator Mr. Doob comments:

If you have ever done anything with 3D you probably know that scaling is the only thing you need to give the illusion of 3D on a 2D surface. Porting my custom 3D engine from Actionscript 3 to Javascript was pretty easy and the only thing left to figure out was the z-sorting of div elements.

For the magic touch it just needed some smooth animations which is where jstween comes in.

(Hmm... perhaps decreasing the opacity for elements supposed to be further away would enhance the 3D effect?)


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