10 Cool Chrome Experiments You Should Try

Last Updated: September 29, 2016

Chrome experiments, although originally meant to test the abilities of JavaScript, and Google Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine, quickly evolved into a showcase for some of the most interesting and exciting open source projects based on the internet’s most exciting technologies, such as HTML5, SVG, WebGL etc. As of this writing, there are 1204 chrome experiments demonstrating interesting use cases of these technologies. We have dug through a lot of these, and have come out with 10 of the coolest Chrome Experiments that we think you should definitely try out:

1. The Searching Planet

Searching Planet is a Chrome Experiment co-created by Google and The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Japan, using search data from all over the world. As the name suggests, the experiment displays the top searches made by people in various countries across the world. The chrome experiment allows users to rotate, zoom in and out on a 3D Earth, as it plays a story about the global search trends. There is also a VR version of the experiment available on mobile devices (by using a VR headset, such as Google Cardboard), where the users can fly around the world, and fly to the destinations by controlling their flight using head movements.

the searching planet

Overall, the experiment might not provide users with anything exceptionally useful, it does give a very interesting view of the way the world searches on Google. The experience itself is fantastic, especially when headphones are connected, making the whole experience more immersive, especially in VR.

Check out the experiment here.

2. 100,000 Stars

100,000 Stars is a Chrome Experiment that has been created by The Google Data Arts Team. It is an interactive visualisation of nearby stars, and it shows the real location of over 100,000 stars. It also has data of about 87 major named stars around our solar system, and these names can be clicked to view an overlay displaying information about the star, taken from Wikipedia.


The entire experience is amazing, and can be zoomed in and out to display the entire Milky Way galaxy. As it is stated in the Experiment’s overview page, the view of the galaxy is an artist’s rendition. Using headphones is recommended, as it will make the experience that much more immersive.

Check out the experiment here.

3. Kandinsky

Yet another Google creation, Kandinsky is a part of Google’s Chrome Music Lab: a chrome experiment aimed at teaching kids more about music compositions, harmonics and things related to sound. The Chrome Music Lab contains a lot of experiments aimed at increasing the user’s knowledge in a variety of sound related domains, ranging from music composition, to sound waves and harmonics.


Kandinsky, however, is a rather interesting experiment in the Chrome Music Lab. It allows users to draw anything on a canvas, and then on pressing play, it converts the art into music. There are also special symbols that make different sounds, such as circles, which make a sound reminiscent of a trumpet, and triangles, which range from the sound of a, well, triangle, up to the sound of drums, hi-hats and more.

Check out the experiment here.

4. Virtual Reality

Another chrome experiment by the Google Data Arts Team, Virtual Reality is a gallery of VR applications running in Google Chrome. These applications can be played on a mobile device strapped into a VR headset (such as Google Cardboard), and are a fun thing to try out. The experiments are meant for Google Cardboard, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be viewed using other VR headsets.

vr experiments

Check out the experiment here.

5. 3D Periodic Table

Created by Sarath Saleem, 3D Periodic Table is a Chrome experiment that allows users to view and interact with a periodic table. What’s more, users can even click on the element names to get more information about them, and clicking further on “Explore Atom” actually shows a Bohr’s model of the atom, except with the electrons in a 2D plane for simplicity.

3d periodic table 1

Check out the experiment here.

6. Interstellar Endurance Exploration

Remember the Endurance ship from Interstellar? Warner Bros., Xymatic & AvatarLabs co-created a Chrome experiment where the users can move around and explore the Endurance inside their web browsers. While the experiment is not too exciting, and not much happens inside the Endurance while the user is there, it definitely is something worth a try, especially for people who are very interested in exploring the Endurance far beyond what the movie showed.


Check out the experiment here.

7. WebGL Water

WebGL Water is a Chrome experiment by Evan Wallace. The experiment starts off with a 3D sphere inside a pool of water. Users can move the sphere around, to see the effect it has on the water, and can even drop the sphere from outside the pool in order to see the ripples it would create. Gravity in the screen can be toggled by using the “G” key on the keyboard, and the direction of light can be changed by using the “L” key.

webgl water

The scene is completely interactive, and even includes accurate raytraced reflections and refractions, analytic ambient occlusion, heightfield water simulation, Soft shadows and Caustics. The experiment goes to show just how powerful JavaScript and WebGL technologies are.

Check out the experiment here.

8. The Wilderness Downtown

The Wilderness Downtown is a short film created by the Google Creative Lab. As cliched and mundane as that might sound, this one actually differs from the other short films in a number of ways:

  • It uses multiple browser windows that are choreographed together to show different content in a way that it flows together and looks very cool.
  • It uses the Google Street View and Maps API. These are used to tailor the short film to the user’s locality. The experiment actually shows street view images from the user’s neighbourhood (or city), in a way that it looks tied into the film itself.

the wilderness downtown

This is another experiment that I would definitely recommend.

Check out the experiment here.

9. Browser Ball

Browser Ball is a Chrome experiment by Mark Mahoney, and it has the funniest descriptions of any experiment on the Chrome Experiments website. From the overview of the experiment: “Open new windows. Throw a beach ball through them. If I tell you it’s less lame than it sounds, will you give it a shot?”… and this is exactly what the experiment is about. It allows users to open multiple browser windows and use their mouse to throw a beachball through them.

browser ball

All the windows behave as if they are one single canvas, and it just looks really great, and goes to show the things that can be achieved in JavaScript. Users can set up the windows in any way they want and try different ways to throw the ball through them. It’s fun, albeit not for long.

Check out the experiment here.

10. Cube Slam

Yet another experiment created by Google, Cube Slam is a pong-like game where you have to disable the shields on the opponent’s side. Now, this might not sound exciting enough, but Cube Slam adds another awesome feature to the game. Users can play this game over the internet with their friends, and the game actually displays their friend’s webcam feed on the screen while they play, giving the impression of actually playing face to face against your friend, which makes the entire experience a lot more fun.

cube slam

Check out the experiment here.

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Chrome Experiments: Pushing JavaScript to its Limits

Through all the different categories of Chrome experiments that are available on the Chrome experiments website, one thing that is common to all is that they are, every one of them, pushing javascript to its limits, which is a good thing. Google Chrome continues to evolve due to this high level of user interaction that it receives, which is why it is one of the most used browsers in the world.

For developers, Chrome Experiments are a way to gain insights into the many ways that JavaScript can be used to develop web-apps. For casual users, Chrome Experiments are a way to see all the fun, innovative and creative things that people are creating around the world. No matter the kind of user you are, Chrome Experiments will have something for you.


Akshay has been a gadget freak since longer than he cares to admit and loves everything to do with technology. When he's not fanboying over the latest and greatest in the tech universe, he watches Game of Thrones and Silicon Valley.