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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Jules Verne's Google doodle gets an extra perk for the tablet

By Melissa Bell
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Jules Verne (Roger Viollet Collection/Getty Images)

Get your sea legs ready. Google's latest interactive logo, to go live on Tuesday, celebrates Jules Verne's 183rd birthday, and it may induce seasickness. In honor of Verne's most famous novel, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," the logo has been transformed into the portholes of a submarine. A driving panel allows the viewer to take on the vaunted role of Captian Nemo and dive the submarine to the depths of the digital ocean, where shipwrecks and a giant squid dwell. The logo duplicates the swaying of the sea so accurately, wooziness may ensue.

For tablet users, there's a special trick: moving the tablet will allow you to move the submarine. Tilt it down, and down your submarine will sink. Shake it over to the left and over to the left it will go. The program works for any device with a built-in accelerometer -- which sounds a bit like a Verne invention. Many smartphones and tablets, including the Galaxy Android and the iPad, have accelerometers. So if you've got one, go seek out the dizzying deep with them.

Verne, born on Feb. 8, 1828, was known for his provocative science-fiction novels that contained major scientific advancements -- such as the submarine, airplanes and the moon landing -- long before they existed in real life. The Google Doodler in charge of Tuesday's feat, Jennifer Horn, wrote on the Google blog: "I first found the novel while browsing through a random aisle in my local library. The cover was dark, murky and a little worn--but it was the most spectacular thing I'd ever seen. A pair of old-fashioned divers drag their feet over the ocean floor, watching a school of fish drift by. They don't seem to notice the twisting silhouette of a monster inching toward them... His stories pull the readers into a world filled with infinite potential--be it in the clouds, on land or under the sea."

Here's to a great writer and a great doodle:

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Here's Walt Disney's take on it:

By Melissa Bell  | February 8, 2011; 11:01 AM ET
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Comments

Kudos to Google for a charming Nautilis logo!

Posted by: plovejoy99 | February 8, 2011 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Steampunks everywhere are going gaga for Google.

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