September 27, 2016

Google Debuts a Digital Bookcase


Google’s digital designers recently unveiled the WebGL Bookcase, a digital bookcase that is an infinite 3D helix. According to a post on the Google Blog, a user can spin the bookcase side-to-side and up and down with a mouse. It holds 3D models of more  than 10,000 titles from Google Books.

The books are organized into 28 subjects and the following video shows how to browse and choose a book.

In addition to getting the book on page, a user  can open the title on a phone or tablet via the QR code that’s in the bottom left corner of the page. Google recommends using Google Chrome and a fast computer with a powerful graphics card. The interface is experimental and may not work on some machines.

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