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Google turns to Middle Earth and Hobbits to show off Chrome’s magic

on November 22, 2013

Gigaom

Google(s goog) has a new Chrome Experiment out in the wild — or the wilds, if you prefer. The latest is a showcase for the newest web technologies packed into Chrome for mobile devices, although it works on traditional computers as well. And what better or richer world to explore on your mobile device is there then J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth?

Point your Chrome mobile browser to middle-earth.thehobbit.com to explore the Trollshaw Forrest, Rivendell and Dol Guldur with additional locations currently locked. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect:

The experiment is comprised of an interactive map of Middle Earth and Google thinks you might be surprised by how it was created:

“It may not feel like it, but this cinematic part of the experience was built with just HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. North Kingdom used the Touch Events API to support multi-touch pinch-to-zoom and the Full Screen API

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