Google and the London Science Museum commissioned Tellart, a leading experience design & engineering shop, to design and install a unique technology exhibit where both the museum visitors and online users could interact with one another in real-time. The exhibit “Chrome Web Lab” featured five live interactive experiments – Universal Orchestra, Teleporter, Sketchbots, Data Tracer and Lab Tag Explorer. Influxis, commissioned by Tellart, helped with two of the experiments – Universal Orchestra and Teleporter.
Universal Orchestra allowed the museum visitors and the online users from any parts of the world to play a set of instruments together in sync in real-time, and the live streaming from the museum showed exactly how the instruments were played by these actual and virtual players. Influxis provided ultra-low, sub-second latency data streaming to support Web-robotics and live video streaming for this experiment.
For Teleporter, three separate 360-degree live streaming feeds were delivered via the Internet, enabling both the museum visitors and online users to select one of the three locations – Amelie’s Bakery in North Carolina, USA; Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany; or Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa – and control the video in 360-degrees to watch the panoramic view, thus “virtually teleporting themselves” to the selected location. Influxis provided large-scale live WebM streaming for the 360-degree video feeds. WebM is a format sponsored by Google which uses open video compression and allows video streaming directly to the HTML5 video tag.
This yearlong exhibition at the London Science Museum is to showcase WebGL, a new web technology that brings hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the browser without any plugins.