Google Cheers Jules Verne's 183rd Birthday with Graphic Tricks

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-02-08 Print this article Print

Google has come up with another one its super-cool Doodles for its Web search home page. The latest one honors classic science fiction author Jules Verne, whose 183rd birthday is Feb. 8.

Google honored Verne, whose A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870) captured many people's imaginations since they were published more than a century ago.

Check out the Doodle here: Verne Doodle.png

Using CSS3, Google Doodler Jennifer Hom said anyone can navigate the Nautilus -- the famous ship from 20,000 Leagues -- by moving the lever on the right.

Even better, people using smartphones or tablets with built-in accelerometers and the latest versions of Google Chrome or Firefox can simply tilt their device to move the Nautilus.

OK, so this is really geeky, but kind of cool. Not as cool or useful as Google's Body Chrome app, or Hotpot recommendation engine, or even that awesome Google Art Project, but it's a fleeting fancy nonetheless. |

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