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Google previews "infinite digital bookcase"

updated 09:55 pm EDT, Tue October 18, 2011

Books arranged on infinite 3D helix

Google is currently previewing an "infinite digital bookcase" concept that attempts to organize vast libraries of digital titles. Rather than placing the books on a traditional bookcase, covers are placed on an infinite 3D helix and organized into 28 different subjects. Users can click on a title to view the title, author information and a short synopsis.

The infinite bookcase serves as a showcase for several Google products, such as the Google Books API and Chrome, along with the WebGL standard for web-based 3D graphics. The utility links directly to books.google.com, while also providing QR codes that can be scanned by smartphones.

WebGL Bookcase can be accessed using modern browsers, though the company recommends using Chrome and a "powerful graphics card." The demo is said to be experimental and may not run on some machines.




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