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Google Gravity (mrdoob.com)
158 points by franze on Sept 5, 2011 | hide | past | web | favorite | 17 comments

Almost as fun as the katamari hack:


Now THAT is awesome. Needs an HN thread of its own.

HN is where I heard about it. Here's the thread: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2318076

Works especially well on word-heavy pages like PG articles (http://www.paulgraham.com/road.html) or Timecube.com

I believe this is a takeoff from the demo of box2dweb:



Pretty cool. Type something into the search box, press enter and see what happens. :)

This experiment was done in 2009 using Box2DJS[1] for the site Chrome Experiments[2]. Since then I've been improving it by cleaning up the code, adding DevideOrientation support and, some weeks ago, updated it to the new google.com design.

Fun fact: The API being used has been deprecated for a while and, as far as I know, there is no alternative.

[1] http://box2d-js.sourceforge.net/ [2] http://www.chromeexperiments.com/

> Fun fact: The API being used has been deprecated for a while and, as far as I know, there is no alternative.

Amazing that it works on non-Chrome as well, then! (opera, in my case)

(also, hi! small world)

Mr. Skrebbel! :)

Yes. Chrome Experiments is not about Chrome-specific experiments but about pushing Javascript and the new cross-browser APIs.

I always try to use APIs supported by more than one browser. It just happened that it performed much faster on Chrome than any other browser for a year or so (until the other browsers catched up).

Good to see that, 2 years after relase, people on Firefox/Opera/IE can finally see the thing properly ;)

Yeah, good thing Box2D doesn't change a whole lot in itself, and is pretty complete. Recent commits have mainly been small refactoring changes.

Thanks for clarifying! It's a really great idea!

Awh, they removed the Google+ part of the toolbar. I want to check my notifications upside-down.

It's just the not-logged-in view.

The alternative would be a security hole in Google.

Lo he adoptado como mi pagina de inicio al http://mrdoob.com/projects/chromeexperiments/google_gravity/ Muy buena iniciativa y muy original. (I've adpted as the Home page. Original and creative one, puts a smile on the face. Keep it going. Congrt!

On my phone so I can't accurately find it, but there was an ad for a Nintendo game (Wario: Shake It) that added gravity to Youtube. It was done fantastically. Someone should link that.

It even works if you move the browser window around

Works great on touch devices as well.

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