Microsoft Internet Explorer team and TheFind, launched today a new HTML5 online shopping experience called "Glimpse Catalogs," that allows you to flip through the web like it's a catalog you received in the mail.
Due to its rich support for hardware acceleration, Glimpse runs exceptionally well in IE9 and shines in IE10, particularly with touch. "The whole experience feels real, with pages even more life-like on touch devices, and discovering products is made easy through the clever use of hot spotting technology," Ryan Gavin, gm, IE said.
TheFind is a leading vertical search engine for shopping with million of users - with all this success, the next step for TheFind was to take their award winning app experience, "Catalogue," and couple that with their leading social shopping app on Facebook. By integrating with Facebook "Likes," Glimpse "curates items specifically for you based on what you and your friends like," Gavin explains.
Pulling from TheFind's extensive product index, Glimpse has access to more products than any other shopping site or search engine. "You can browse products by friend or brand, and catalogs in Glimpse come to life the minute you open them. You can flip a page using your finger or a mouse, with stickiness in the corners so pages turn just like the real thing, and content appears on both sides," explains Gavin.
For developers, the team is giving away the HTML5 book framework "An HTML5 Framework for Books Online," that helped bring Catalogues online - built on turn.js, a feature-rich jQuery plugin for page flipping.
This framework also includes:
- Schema and code for the hot spotting technology. In Glimpse, the hot spotting technology allows users to identify product within the magazine with a single click.
- Code for 3 presentation views for the book - full screen, grid view and spread view.
- Improved IE 9 support in turn.js.
The framework is now available on github.
Check out the video demonstrating the Glimpse Catalogue, and behind the scene's video: