Google recently announced that it was ending Google Labs, a corner of its website where the public could test out early-stage projects. Some of those projects—like Google Maps and Gmail—have become key Google features. Others, such as the recently deceased Google Health, fell by the wayside.
Of the 56 projects still on the Google Labs site, many will likely fade away, while others might continue to be developed in other ways. Here’s a look at eight of the more interesting projects.
While the Julia Map project isn’t as practical as some others in this list, it’s engaging, innovative, and a bit addictive. The Julia Map generates fractals—geometric figures whose parts repeat the characteristics of the whole—and runs on the Google Maps application programming interface. It lets users browse, zoom, and pan through fractals. The developers encourage testers to post their most artistic fractal discoveries.