Google showed off its latest Chrome experiment on Wednesday, and it notably lets Chrome users race with friends on a shared computer screen while using mobile devices as game controllers.
The experiment, dubbed “Chrome Super Sync Sports,” uses HTML5 features like WebSockets for syncing devices to computers and Canvas and CSS3 so users can run, swim, and cycle with rich graphics. The experiment also offers a solo mode, challenges with up to four friends, and the ability to post results on a world leaderboard.
The Google Chrome blog explained how to get started:
To get started, you’ll need a computer and a smartphone or tablet that run a modern browser, like Chrome. Visit chrome.com/supersyncsports on your computer, pick a game and decide if you’re playing solo or with friends. Next, visit g.co/super in Chrome on your smartphone or tablet and type in the unique code shown on your computer screen. You’ve now “super sync”ed your mobile device with your computer, and you’re ready to race!
Google specifically mentioned an arrow pad enables users to select one of 50 athletes, while gestures on mobile device will move the athlete on the computer screen. Chrome Super Sync Sports is available for Chrome v15 and above, as well as for Android 4.0+ and iOS 4.3+ devices.
Watch the promo video above for more details.