"Just a Reflektor" is an interactive film directed by Vincent Morisset featuring a new song from Arcade Fire. The project allows the viewer to add real-time visual effects to the film by holding a smartphone or tablet in front of a computer's webcam and moving it in physical space. The result is a new way to experience and interact with a film on the web, without a mouse or keyboard.

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October 2013
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The Story

"Just a Reflektor" is an interactive film directed by Vincent Morisset featuring a new song from Arcade Fire. The project allows the viewer to add real-time visual effects to the film by holding a smartphone or tablet in front of a computer's webcam and moving it in physical space. The result is a new way to experience and interact with a film on the web, without a mouse or keyboard.

Google Chrome features a number of advanced web technologies that made this project possible, including WebGL, WebAudio, WebSockets and getUserMedia. To learn more about the technologies, and to experiment with the film's WebGL effects, visit the technology page at http://www.justareflektor.com/tech.

The Technology

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    Geo APIs

    WebGL

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    Web/Apps

    Chrome

    HTML5

    Google Apps

    Chrome

    Websockets

    getUserMedia();

    App Engine

    GCE

    Cloud Storage

    Tailbone

The Results

"Just A Reflektor" received widespread international recognition in the music, technology and general press. The Guardian called it "a tour de force of digital art."

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Lines of code

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Film locations (Jacmel, Haiti and Montreal, Canada)

Launch Date Sept. 9, 2013