Google offered a glimpse of how the net can overcome barriers to long distance interaction at its Chrome Web Lab exhibition at the Science Museum in London, which opened last week.
The exhibition features an orchestra of instruments that can be played over the internet and a school of robot artists sketching portraits of people thousands of miles away. Meanwhile a "teleporter" display allows visitors to look around locations in different corners of the globe.
The display shows off the potential of the internet of things, the long-discussed move to embed wirelessly connected computing power in everyday objects to allow them to interact with each other and people over the net.
The exhibition contains five experiments, each of which is designed to be explored or controlled over the net.
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