Google's homepage is simple. The underlying sophistication is presented by a simple search bar, a few buttons, and a Google logo.
But that Google logo has occasionally been customized, altered, redesigned, repacked, recreated to become doodles. Or as Google calls it, it's just "Doodle," and it made its first appearance not long after Google was founded.
On Thursday 3 May 2018, the Doodle Celebrates French illusionist and film director Georges Méliès. Nothing unusual for a Doodle that is famous to celebrate famous people.
But this one, called Back to the Moon, is the first that is compatible with VR headsets.
What this means, the Doodle is designed to be viewed in 360-degree. For regular users on web browsers, the Doodle is just an interactive video.
"In 1902, George Méliès sent his audience on a trip to the moon in his adventure film “Le Voyage dans la Lune.” That was more than half a century before humans ever landed on the moon, and more than a century before people around the world started blasting into space via virtual reality technology," said Google explaining the Doodle.
"Méliès pioneered film techniques that immersed people in unfamiliar experiences—an early precursor to today’s virtual reality."
Hélène Leroux, project art lead of the Doodle said: "In addition to being a magician, Méliès was an expert storyteller, so it was important for the Doodle to have a clear story. We approached it as if it were a ballet or play you watch at the theatre, where you get to choose where to look. In these situations, the spectator becomes the camera, editing their own film."
The Doodle makes full use of the 360-degree space, and compatible with Google Cardboard and Daydream via the Google Spotlight Stories app, the HTC Vive via Steam and Viveport.
Because it can be difficult to catch all the things during the Doodle;s short time period, viewers can watch the two minute movie that web browser users see.