Google Web Lab is a series of interactive digital experiments, brought to life at the London Science Museum. It enables worldwide participation both online and from within the exhibition space, to control machines which explore and demonstrate a range of web technologies.
Bibliotheque created the environmental graphics and signage, working as part of the team alongside UniversalDesignStudio and MAP (the research and development design consultancy, founded by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby). The Web Lab website and identity were created by B-Reel, and the machines were built by Tellart.
Read on for more images and press release.
Press Release: Google and Science Museum Launch Web Lab
18th July 2012, London…and around the world: Google and the Science Museum have teamed up to create Web Lab, a groundbreaking, year-long exhibition, featuring a series of interactive Chrome Experiments that bring the extraordinary workings of the Internet to life and, we hope, inspire the next generation of computer scientists and enthusiasts.
Visitors to the Science Museum will be able to play with five unique experiments. At the same time, online participants will be able to visit www.chromeweblab.com and interact with the same installations in what is a truly global museum exhibit.
Together, in-museum and online visitors will bring web technologies to life through five experiments:
Universal Orchestra: An Internet-powered eight-piece robotic orchestra creating harmonious music
Sketchbots: Custom-built robots able to take photographs and then sketch them in sand
Data Tracer: A map that traces where the world’s online information is physically stored
Teleporter: A series of web-enabled periscopes through which you can instantly access the world (including a 24 hour US bakery!)
Lab Tag Explorer: A real-time visualisation of all Web Lab visitors from around the world that groups and categorises participants in incredible ways.
Each Web Lab experiment uses a modern web technology to explore a particular idea in computer science. But even if you can’t tell a WebSocket from HTML5 Canvas, Web Lab will demonstrate the power and potential of the Internet to in-museum and online visitors of all ages and backgrounds.
True to Google’s tradition of launching innovative, ambitious ideas and then refining them with user feedback, Wednesday will be Web Lab’s ‘Beta’ launch. But the creative process doesn’t end here. Google and the Science Museum want to hear from all online and in-museum visitors about how the Web Lab experience can be improved further in the coming weeks.
Google’s Steve Vranakis, Creative Director of Web Lab commented:
The internet is incredible. It powers our lives everyday, allows us to explore the globe and lets us communicate with friends the world over. Until now, all this magic has remained locked behind our screens.
Web Lab changes all that. We’ve worked with the Science Museum to create unique experiments that will demonstrate the power of the Internet to everyone who visits.
Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum added:
We are delighted that the Science Museum and Google have collaborated in bringing this truly ground breaking exhibition to London. As the venue for the exhibition, it reinforces the museum’s role in helping to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Web Lab opens — both in London and online — on Thursday 19th July 2012, and is scheduled to run until Summer 2013. Entry to Web Lab is free.