Google I/O – Recap
Wes Allio, one of AT&T Developer Program team members, was at Google I/O last week. Here’s a recap of his experience.
Get ready for wearable computing.
Last week, I attended Google i/o 2013 in San Francisco, CA, along with 6000 developers. Google demo’d their latest features in a three and a half hour keynote including their latest developments in the Android Development Tools, Nexus, Maps, Google+, Photos, Chrome, Search, Hangouts, Music and more.
The biggest impact for me was Google Glass which was everywhere at the event, although they didn’t devote any time for it during the keynote. Still, there was a big booth at one end of the 2nd floor devoted to Glass and an army of Google employees and early adopters sporting them all week. There was another company there called Recon Instruments, who had a competing product. Both provide access to critical information without taking your focus off of what is in front of you.
Having seen these two examples and knowing of other innovative products such as the Jawbone UP, (yes, I know that the UP doesn’t have a wireless interface, but I would bet future versions will), the Citizen Proximity and the Cookoo Watch, I can only imagine where computing is heading, but I am sure we will be wearing a lot of it. All of these peripherals will be talking to each other, communicating with our phones, or perhaps will be our phones.
Wearable computing will extend our connected lives even further. For me, Google I/O was a chance to consider all the cool user scenarios that are just on the horizon. APIs will play a key role in unlocking a new world of possibilities. I am looking forward to the exciting new products that are waiting to be unlocked in the imaginations of great developers everywhere.
You can also check out some of Wes’s photos from the conference on our Facebook page.