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The Time Machine

Sydney 2000 Olympics - IBM

Concept

The 2000 Olympics where held in a land "far far away". So far away in fact that the time difference is near intractable for people. The goal of this interactive application was to allow people to traverse the globe with their mouse and see what time differences are like throughout the world.

Implementation

Originally the site had a Java applet which showed the current time in Sydney, and days left until the games, which lived in the upper right hand corner of each page. Having an applet on each page proved to be too costly to page performance, so we replaced the content in the corner with text, and a link to this applet which opened in a new window.

The applet allowed people to mouse over anywhere on the map and see what the current time was, along with the current time in their location and the time in Sydney.