Chrome Maze

Google's Chrome Experiments are wacky technological showcases designed to demonstrate what's possible with a modern web browser. And the latest of these experiments is a doozy -- World Wide Maze lets you turn your favorite website into a 3D marble-based puzzle.

To get started with World Wide Maze you'll need the latest desktop version of Chrome, and a phone running iOS 5 or Android 4.0 or greater. Next you synchronize your desktop and mobile browsers by entering a code, or using the Chrome Tab Sync feature. Then use a keyword search to find a site to turn into a maze -- an image heavy site like Android Central works pretty well.

Once Google's finished crunching the site in question, it'll be presented to you on your PC as a multi-level 3D maze -- think Marble Blast or Super Monkey Ball -- controlled by your smartphone's accelerometer and on-screen touch controls. Pretty cool!

Check out the Google Chrome World Wide Maze at the link below. Alternatively we've got an official video after the break.

Source: World Wide Maze; via: Engadget

There are 10 comments

jovox says:

So its Super Monkey Ball, but with 3d cutouts of websites as the level design?

epps720 says:

That's pretty damn cool!

junglejunkie says:

Good stuff! Played with my GS3.

pmv says:

"[A]s a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience."

Ah, so you needed to kill Google Reader to free up developer resources for this sort of horsesh*t?

Sorry, Google, but that betrayal will be long remembered. Think that I'm going to start using your funky new note application (let alone such aren't we clever cobblers like this), when my expectations now are that any data that I enter into any of your products will vanish in a puff of smoke next 'spring cleaning'? Dream on. Still angry. Very angry.

bangishotyou says:

"Think that I'm going to start using your funky new note application (let alone such aren't we clever cobblers like this), when my expectations now are that any data that I enter into any of your products will vanish in a puff of smoke next 'spring cleaning'?"

I hardly think 3 months warning qualifies as "a puff of smoke". Not too mention the fact that your data is easy to access and get to in order to export through Google Takeout.

At that point, it's less Google killing something at a moment's notice and more you just being upset over an unwelcome change. And I use Google Reader. So I've got a stake in the change too, but it's not that big of deal. There are plenty of other RSS readers out there and it takes minutes (if that) to export your data and setup an account elsewhere and import it.

pmv says:

Are there plenty of multi-platform RSS readers out there that keep my read status synced?

WRT data export - yes, to date, Google has let me take it away. But it's a question of trust, which has been broken by their actions over Reader. I no longer trust that my data will be safe in their hands. You do. Fair enough, we'll just agree to differ. But trust /ought/ to be important to any company, particularly a cloud-based one...

raindog469 says:

I'm with you. I'm treating the Reader shutdown as a wake-up call. I installed Tiny Tiny RSS on one of my servers (with less RAM than my phone has), wrote a plugin to emulate most of Reader's keybindings, and have been happily using it from my desktop, phone and tablet for 6 days now. It's not perfect, but it's amazing how close it is once you configure it right, and there's a huge influx of development in the wake of the Reader announcement.

Replacing Docs/Drive won't be quite as easy, but I use LibreOffice for most of my documents, putting copies on Google Drive when I need to collaborate with someone or access a live copy from my phone. And of course, it's hard to get away from using a gmail address, but at least they have imap and I can back up my mail.

Nothing wrong with using web-- er, "cloud" services. Becoming dependent upon them may not be so smart. Luckily, Reader wasn't something I use for business purposes.

Of course, there are at least half a dozen web-based RSS readers that will let you sync between devices, and several of the mobile apps that depended upon Reader are being reworked to use other services.

Daf L says:

This is a labs product that was probably created by an engineer in their free-space time where they can work on their own projects. But why would you be concerned about them stopping support of this? Are you worried that you'll get to a certain level and then not be able to beat your high score?

It's hardly a biggie that Reader will no longer be supported is it? If it is, ask for your money back.

This was fun, i know what i'm doing on my lunch break! Haha

ctk4949 says:

This is why Google is so awesome!! Eff you crapple!!