Google Doodles are small graphic items that the search giant usually features on the Google home search page to commemorate major historical dates. But they can also be small pop culture, science, and art references, as with this one we are featuring. The Google Doodle for illusionist and film director Georges Méliès is a cool one, but it is also the first the mothership is featuring in virtual reality (VR).
It was in 1902 that director George Méliès sent viewers of his picture show “Le Voyage dans la Lune” to the moon. That was a revolutionary idea because this film pre-dated men landing on the moon by more than half a century. This is also more than one hundred years earlier than anyone exploring space via virtual reality technology. And so Google’s tribute to Méliès – in VR – is only fitting.
Google’s first-ever VR-enabled and 360° video Google Doodle celebrates the director on the anniversary of the release of one of his greatest cinematic masterpieces in 1912: “À la conquête du pôle” (“The Conquest of the Pole). This Doodle was created in collaboration with the Google Spotlight Stories, Google Arts & Culture, and Cinémathèque Française teams.
You can check out the Google Doodle on mobile VR or Daydream by downloading the Google Spotlight Stories app via Google Play. You can can also experience the Doodle without a headset as a 360° video on the Google Spotlight Stories YouTube Channel anytime.
May 7, 2018 at 06:02AM