Google Presents CADIE (with 3D)

chrome3dAs is often the case on the first day of this month, Google have gone to quite a bit of trouble to produce a new product which is only just too far-fetched to be true…  and has been presented to a depth that makes anyone consider – “did they really go to all this effort for a joke?”

This year is no different, as they launch the 3D version of their Chrome browser.  Complete with “print them yourself” red/blue 3D glasses, and a button on the toolbar that actually colour-shifts any page (see pic to the right!) to make it look kinda like those 3D images you got about 20 years ago on the back of cereal packets…

What kinda amazes me is that they went to the trouble of producing a build of Chrome that is actually capable of producing the red/blue colour shift effect (although it’s obviously only applying a standard shift, there’s no real “depth” information present) – although I suspect if you had a real pair of red/blue glasses you might see a page floating in front of the monitor…

Of course, the flaw in all this is that desktop colour printers can’t turn normal paper transparent, and it doesn’t explain what to do if you only have a monochrome printer…

It actually appears that this is just part of a much bigger event Google are running known as CADIE – which is being touted as a self-aware artificial intelligence personality.  Which now has it’s own blog.  And appears to be doing things to several other Google products too – including posting it’s location in Google Earth…

As is traditional with such japery, I’ve time-delayed this post to 12 noon so I can have a bit of fun with it first…

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