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Cirque du Soleil launches surreal, gesture-based Chrome Experiment

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Google has teamed up with Cirque du Soleil to launch Movi.Kanti.Revo — a a gesture-based web experience that allows users to travel through a dreamlike landscape peppered with magic and contortionists. The experience is built in HTML5 and CSS with 3D transitions, and all navigation is controlled via webcam and built-in microphone.

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Movi.Kanti.Revo derives its name from the Esperanto words for moving, singing, and dreaming, and it's an apt title for Google's latest Chrome Experiment. Developed by Cirque du Soleil and Subatomic Systems, Movi.Kanti.Revo is a gesture-based web experience that allows users to travel through a dreamlike landscape peppered with magic and contortionists. Users can explore the site by moving their bodies in front of a webcam or speaking into a built-in microphone, without having to download extra apps or software. That's because the entire project is built in HTML5 and CSS with 3D transitions; all you have to do is grant access to your computer's webcam and microphone.

Movi.Kanti.Revo made its debut at Google's I/O event earlier this year, and went live on Wednesday. Google touts experiment as further evidence that today's web has evolved into "a beautiful creative canvas," while noting that the site functions across all browsers and mobile devices. It's an undoubtedly lush and fascinating experience, albeit one with a tendency to hiccup and freeze at times.