Interactive Olympics Google Doodle – Hurdle

During the Olympics period, Google releases a new doodle for a featured sports event.  Today (7 Aug 2012) it is an interactive hurdle doodle which you could play and seek to break the world record!

Google Doodle - 2012 Olympics Hurdle

Simply click the play button to start the game.  You need to press the left and right arrow buttons to run, certainly the faster you press the faster you run.  Jump using the space bar.  I found it easier to play this mini game using a regularly-sized keyboard than using a mini keyboard on a notebook computer.  My result was merely 24.5s on my macbook.  You can try to test your luck (the current man’s 110m hurdle world record is 12.87s).

Google Doodle - 2012 Olympics Hurdle

So far Google released doodle for archery, diving, fencing, rings, field hockey, table tennis, shot put, pole vault, synchronized swimming and javelin.  The javelin google doodle was soon updated after the successful rover landing on Mars.

As always, the new doodle is only seen on Google search page at the corresponding local time.  If you can’t wait to see it, you can go to Google Australia or simply check out this official page: http://www.google.com/doodles/hurdles-2012.

Do you know this is not the first time Google made a doodle for hurdle?  Here is the 2004 Athens Olympics hurdle Google doodle.  Which one do you like?  The 2012 or 2004 doodle?

 

2004 Summer Olympics Hurdle Google Doodle

 

Google Doodle – 2012 London Olympics


As the London Olympics begins today (27 July 2012), it follows naturally that Google replaced its doodle with an Olympic one.  People in different countries should expect to see this doodle when 27 Jul comes in their local time.

This doodle shows five athletes of different sports (soccer, swimming, running/jumping, fencing and javelin throw) with the “Google” word held by them.  There is also a basketball which does not fit in anyone in the doodle.  While there are five athletes I should expect to see them dressing in 5 different colors same as the Olympics logo.  Interestingly, black is missing and replaced by white.

Google Doodle - 2012 London Olympic Games

The London Olympics is the 30th modern Olympic Games.  Over 10,000 athletes from 200+ countries will participate in 300+ events.  It starts today and will be closed on 12 August 2012, with some first-round football matches held earlier than the opening ceremony due to time limitation.  Most of the Games would be aired on TV while you should also be able to find ways to enjoy them on the internet.  Some TV networks such as NBC provides live coverage, you may search for other means of watching Olympics online by live streaming.  The full schedule of the Games could be found here.

Olympics Live Streaming

Google Doodle – Amelia Earhart the Noted Aviatrix

The Google Doodle of today (24 July 2012) is Amelia Earhart, a noted aviatrix who was the first woman that flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean.  She also set other significant records in her life.  Today is Amelia’s 115th birthday.

Google Dodle - Amelia Earhart

The world’s first cross solo cross-Atlantic flight was done by Charles Lindbergh in 1927.  One year later, Amelia Earhart joined a team that flew across the Atlantic.  However, she did not involve in the flight control.  She finally made it in 1932, when she flew from Newfoundland in USA to Northern Ireland in just less than 15 hours.  She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for this significant record.  Unfortunately her flying history was quite short, she disappeared over the Pacific Ocean near Howland Island in 1937 when she attempted to complete a circumnavigational flight of the globe.

Her story was mentioned in many books, musicals, documentaries and movies.  To name a few, Hilary Swank played Amelia in a biopic Amelia (2009).  Another appearance in popular culture was Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian, in which Amy Adams portrayed Amelia.

You could learn more about here from this Wikipedia page.

Google Doodle – Playable, Recordable and Sharable Synthesizer for Robert Moog’s Birthday

In celebration of Robert Moog’s 78th birthday, Google launched a new interactive doodle on Wednesday (23 May 2012).  This synthesizer allows users to play and record tracks and share them on Google+.

Google Doodle Moog synthesizer

Robert Moog (May 23, 1934 – August 21, 2005), commonly known as Bob Moog, is one of the key people in electronic music.  He invented the Moog synthesizer, one of the first widely used electronic musical instruments.  This is why today’s Google Doodle is a synthesizer.

You’ll notice that apart from the clickable knobs that you can play with, there are also play, record, link and Google+ buttons.  It is quite obvious that you can play and record your own tracks, just like the Les Paul guitar Google Doodle.  This time, Google added a Google+ button, it seems that users can share their masterpieces on Google+.  This button will only appear if you are logged into Google.

If you want to know more about this gentleman, you can check out his Wikipedia page, or knowledge graph that appears in Google search result page:

bob moog - Google Search

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