Today, Google has dedicated an interactive, animated Doodle commemorating the 64th anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series. The popular television series, aired on NBC from September 8, 1966 to June 3, 1969, took you through the adventures of the Starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701).
Like with its interactive Doodles in the past, Google has attempted to recreate the TV series. In today's Doodle, every letter in the name Google represents one of the five characters in the popular TV series. The letter 'G' in the logo represents Spock. The first and second 'O's in the logo represent Nyota Uhura and Captain James T Kirk, respectively, while the letter 'L' represents Hikaru Sulu.
Google doodles for Star Trek: The Original Series
Clicking on Google.com today takes users to the Starship Enterprise (as seen below), wherein they can click on a couple of icons to the desired effect. The opening scene also shows an elevator, clicking on which sets off a siren and the opening scene goes dark. The next visual shows the second ‘O’ and ‘E’. From here, they are taken to an unknown planet, where they meet Gorn. After a quick defeat, the character ‘E’ enters back into the opening visual. The entire screen then goes black, and is quickly replaced by a star-filled sky and the words Google soon appear, with the signature music.
Google has a Doodle for every occasion. While all of them commemorate a special day, or a special person, the search giant's most popular Doodles remain the interactive ones. Google produced some brilliant interactive doodles during the recent London Olympics. Each day, Google had an interactive Doodle to commemorate each sporting event.
One of the most popular Google Doodles at the time of the London Olympics this year was the one commemorating Soccer or football. The canvas of the Doodle had been set on a green playing field and the name 'Google' was placed on either sides of the goalpost. Being an interactive doodle, it allowed the user to the play as a goalkeeper. The game began on hitting the Play button. The task at hand was pretty straightforward. The on-screen goalkeeper was required to stop the football from entering the goalpost. Either the goalkeeper could traverse the length of the goalpost, which a user could initiate by pressing on the direction keys on the keyboard, or the goalkeeper would have to jump to stop the balls coming up a little higher, and this the user can perform by hitting the Space bar key.
Speaking of interactive Doodles, one of Google’s most popular interactive Doodles remains the one that commemorated the birth anniversary of Robert Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer. The sharps and flats (black notes) are played with the numbers on your keyboard and the regular notes with the letters. The sound that emanates is electronic and you can adjust the pitch by using the pitch wheel on the left. You can record your composition by hitting the record button on the right and play back your composition. You can also share your work on Google+.