Daniele Luppi & Danger Mouse's Rome collaboration project arrives next week, and to stir enthusiasm the duo have offered fans the power of flight via the Google Chrome-interactive "Three Dreams of Black" video, featuring Norah Jones.
The awesome interactive film (check it out here – use Chrome!), which allows the user to infect the city with a blast of nature and beyond before taking flight over an Easter-egg-filled desertscape, brings together much of the team behind the remarkable Google/Arcade Fire HTML5 project from last August to test out the possibilities of WebGL, a new technology for the browser.
According to Ro.Me, “WebGL is a context of the HTML5 canvas element that enables hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in the web browser without a plug-in. In other words, it enables your browser to show some really beautiful visuals.”
The site also features a model viewer that allows users to take part in the demo mode testing of various characters featured in the video. The site explains further: “On this page, you’ll find a WebGL model viewer featuring several of the “3 Dreams of Black” creatures. You’ll also find 8 demos created by our development team, a link to the code base, and some links to resources on the web that will be useful for getting started in WebGL programming.”
Love that apocalyptic cityscape in the beginning. Interesting Mario 1up mushroom and Reddit nod towards the end, as well as recent updates including Megaman and many other gaming notables. There’s plenty of little hidden gems for you to explore and find at the end of the video (even a flying city?):
Perhaps the best part: in the “Add To The Dream” feature, users can create their own little piece of the interactive world. Read more on the technology behind Three Dreams of Black and what it means for our digitized future at Wired.