Billed as a ‘series of interactive experiments made by Google,’ Web Lab was a fascinating way to spend an hour or so – especially as they were handing out free booze at a rare evening opening last night!
The interactive exhibition at the Science Museum in London takes the form of five physical installations – Universal Orchestra, Data Tracer, Sketchbots, Teleporter, and Lab Tag Explorer.
The exhibits can be programmed by visitors, so, say, someone banging out a tune on the Universal Orchestra can collaborate with internet users around the world via Google Chrome’s WebSockets functionality.
Running till June 20th 2013, the exhibition is free – this short video will give you an idea of what to expect:
We loved the signage.
Data Tracer showed how information was routed over the internet.
The Sketchbot took a photo and then turned it into a sand drawing.
Programming the Universal Orchestra.
One of the web-connected instruments.
This 360 degree viewer let you look around the kitchen at Amelie’s Bakery in North Caroline, USA in real-time, and take photos that would be displayed on a wall of screens.
Programming the Kalimba.
Each visitor was given a ‘web tag’ which could be used to record their activities around the exhibition.
Setting up a drum pattern.
Google Web Lab is at the Science Museum
Exhibition Road South Kensington, London, Greater London SW7 2DD, United Kingdom
0870 870 4868
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