Phones and desktops play together with Google HTML5

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Google, ever the innovative company, knows a thing or two about “leveraging architectures” and “harmonising platforms”. In this case, it’s used its know-how of HTML5 and web syncing to let your desktop browser and phone be used to play a game of skee ball. Or, as Google calls the game, Roll It.

Ok, so it’s just another clever demonstration of HTML5, you think. Well, not quite. On your desktop browser – Chrome, for the best results – you load up the Google Roll It page. It’ll show the skee ball arcade cabinet and then prompt you for some details. It also gives you a unique game code. Now you load up the same page on your phone, where you enter the unique code. Google’s web voodoo links your phone to your browser, through the power of the internet, and you can now use your phone as a controller. You select the direction in which you’d like to roll a ball, then swing the phone to roll it along. It uses the accelerometer in your smartphone, so harder swings will get your closer to higher points.

A very high-tech and crafty way of showing off its muscle, and now we’re just left wondering when they’ll make a Google Doodle with this kind of interactivity.

Google Roll It

Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.