“…That kind of work, it is inherently born of the human spirit. It is a little badass and beautiful. It is tech infused with our humanity. And it does not have love sprinkled on at the finish. The work itself is an expression of love. That’s what it feels like to us, in this fast boat, in this small band of pirates, trying as best as we can to do some epic shit” – here I quote the ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) presentation on Google I/O 2015. And I guess those words perfectly describe the atmosphere at the conference. The point is, it’s what is inside of you that defines whether you will enjoy something or find it boring.
I’ve read dozens of posts related to Google I/O 2015. A lot of them claim that the conference had a lack of presenting new devices and revolutionary stuff. However, that is not how I feel. The previously mentioned ATAP presentation showed us a bunch of breathtaking projects!
Project Soli – tiny gesture radar that recognizes micromotions of a human hand
Project Jacquard – touch-sensitive textiles that can be used to manufacture everyday clothes
Project Vault – secure computer the size of a microSD card
Project Ara – modular smartphone
I am sure, if you watched at least one video above – you’ll say that it’s just awesome. That is exactly how I felt not only on the first, but also on the second day of the conference as well. Screw the jet lag and bad weather – I was truly happy to be there and absorb all the information and emotions in real time!
In case you have not watched the keynote and sessions already, I will highlight some of the major things that were presented at the keynote.
Android M – I am a fan of the new permissions philosophy and Doze :)
Google Now On Tap – Google analyzes everything. Not only when you google it :)
Google Photos – face recognition, better search, unlimited storage.
Offline Google Maps – with ability to search offline!
Android Wear Always-On Screen – most important things are always there on your wrist.
Project Brillo – new approach to building a smart home.
New Cardboard – improved model of a cardboard and Expeditions project.
Two days of the conference were over in a flash – and it was kind of sad to see everything wrapping up. For me Google I/O 2015 was not only interesting, but also inspiring. When you see tremendous amount of work that is done not by magicians, but by ordinary people – it is quite hard not to get inspired. I met a lot of wonderful developers, including our former colleague Sebastian, who, as a Googler, contributed to making my trip to the conference possible – thanks again, Sebastian!
Though I would not argue that the Golden Gate is beautiful, I did not fall in love with San Francisco – it’s just not my type of a city. The flight was also quite exhausting – but who cares? I attended Google I/O and certainly hope to come back again! :)