Mozilla demos Aurora next-gen browser concept

— 10:36 AM on August 6, 2008

What will web browsers look like in the future? That's tough to predict, but Mozilla Labs has teamed up with Adaptive Path to create a concept video of their vision for next-gen web browsing.  The video shows two farmers enter a debate about rainfall, and how they collaborate using the Aurora browser concept to come to an agreement. Check out the full video below:

The browser concept itself looks pretty different from anything out today. Web pages take up the whole screen, and objects like menus and chat windows hover above them. To access "objects" like applications and widgets, users can switch to a "frame" that fills the edges of the screen with icons.

The top "shelf" in that frame includes frequently used objects; the left column includes a history of recently used items; a stack on the right behaves as "temporary storage area for objects the user wants to keep handy"; and a Mac OS X-like dock at the bottom contains all currently active objects. Users can browse their history in a 3D space, where the Z axis (depth) corresponds to time. In one example, a user drags an object on a chart to turn the data into a line graph. At the end of the video, that same user touches an iPhone-like device and transfers her browser session straight from her desktop PC.

Mozilla Labs has already released a second part to this video, which tackles on-the-go browsing using a tweaked version of Aurora. More videos will come over the next two weeks, as Mozilla Labs hopes to "encourage designers and developers to contribute their own visions of the future of the browser and the Web."

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