Google Doodle has commemorated Frank Zamboni's 112th birthday by rolling out a playable Doodle. It was in 1949 that Frank Zamboni had built the first ever prototype of ice surfacing machine. The Italian-American inventor trademarked the self-propelled ice-resurfacing machine in his own name. As such, the machine is now called the ‘Zamboni'.
The interactive game on Google Doodle has been inspired from the original Zamboni ice-resurfacer. It involves the manipulation of an ice-surfacer to clean as well as smooth the ice rink surface after a few skaters leave it scuffed. This has to be done before the machine runs out of fuel. The player also gets points as the rink is re-surfaced. These scores can be shared on Google Plus account.
However, the game is not as much fun as the other Doodles that Google has come out with and is rather slow. Zamboni developed the first ice-resurfacer machine in Paramount in California. The machine has the internationally registered trademark Zamboni and the term is used to refer to the machines as well.
Zamboni and his younger brother entered the business of block ice by opening an ice-making plant. They opened an ice rink before the USA entered the Second World War. He invented a way to prevent the rippling occurring on the ice rink's surface which he patented in the year 1946.
His real achievement came along in 1949, when he invented the machine that could do resurfacing with the aid of a single man in just 10 minutes. Previously, it took three men to do the job in 90 minutes. Frank Zamboni passed away at the age of 87 in 1988 due to cancer.
Zamboni company has sold over 10,000 units of Zamboni Ice Resurfacer, the signature equipment sold by the company. Check out the Frank Zamboni ice resurfacer game on Google Doodle.