Google designed a new digital bookcase an “infinite 3D helix,” that you can spin side-to-side and up and down with your mouse, revealed Google Research team.
It holds 3D models of more than 10,000 titles from Google Books.
The team explains, “The books are organized into 28 subjects. To choose a subject, click the subject button near the top of your screen when viewing the bookcase. The camera then flies to that subject. Clicking on a book pulls it off the shelf and brings it to the front and center of the screen. Click on the high-resolution cover and the book will open to a page with title and author information as well as a short synopsis, provided by the Google Books API.”
“When you’ve finished browsing and find a book you want to read, just click the “Get this book” button on the bottom right of the page, which’ll send you to that book’s page on books.google.com. Or, you can open the title on your phone or tablet via the QR code that’s in the bottom left corner of the page, using a QR code app like Google Goggles,” the team said.
You can also browse just free books by selecting the “Free Books” subject in the subject viewer.
“All of the visuals in the WebGL Bookcase are rendered with WebGL, a technology in Google Chrome and other modern browsers that enables fast, hardware-accelerated 3D graphics right in the browser, without the need for a plug-in.”
For more creative browser experiments, check out Chrome Experiments, a gallery of more than 300 creative projects made by developers and artists from around the world, many utilizing WebGL.
Here is the video demonstration of the WebGL Bookcase: