Google’s Machine-Building Chrome Experiment is Lots of FunBy: Sean Patterson - May 17, 2012
Google I/O is the biggest time of year for developers who use Google products. At the event, Google reveals many of the new products it has been working on, and Google has been known to give away some unreleased tech at the conference. It’s rather popular. Developers from around the country will all converge on San Francisco starting June 27.
To get everyone in a problem-solving mood, Google has released a Chrome experiment that tasks users with creating a Rube-Goldberg-type machine that carries a ball from one end of the browser to the other. To accomplish this, user have a toolbox full of track pieces, elevators, redirectors, and flippers to toss and fling the ball around. The experiment is called input/output, and it’s incredibly fun for time-wasting.
Once a machine is capable of getting the ball to the other side, users can share it on Google+ with a custom hashtag. There is even a way, using the button in the bottom-right corner of the experiment, for users to obtain the source code for their machine. Exceptional Input/Output machines will be featured during the Google I/O conference.
The experiment can also be accessed through the Chrome Experiments website, or through the Google Play webstore. If you are reading this on a Chrome browser, check out my simple machine here and try your hand at creating a more complicated and interesting machine to impress the developers at Google I/O this summer.