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Google I/O, a playground for developers (pictures)

Check out the festivallike atmosphere of Google's conference for computer programmers.

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James Martin
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Shiny sign

Branding as sculpture at Google I/O.

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Out in the sun

Though the sessions were held in air-conditioned tents, attendees had to wait in line in the festivallike atmosphere under blazing sun where shade was scarce.

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Theme rooms

Theme rooms built from shipping containers showed off some of the newly announced Google products. The Living Room, here, featured some of the new home audiovisual gadgets.

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A new Android

A blank white droid invited attendees to come up with naming ideas for the newest version of the Android operating system, now temporarily known as Android N.

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Google Play Music

An audio experience invites listeners to experiment with different sounds by plugging into an array of audio sources.

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Big Idea Wall

Google I/O features free-flowing ideas and big-picture thinking.

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Bohemian Rhapsody Experience

Inside the Google Play Music room, the Bohemian Rhapsody Experience treated Cardboard viewers to a behind-the-scenes VR dance recital.

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3D printed, open source

With a birth defect that prevented his fingers from growing, Max found help from the Enable Community Foundation, which used 3D printed, open-source tools to give him a simple mechanical hand with fingers that grip.

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Android everywhere

Android was everywhere at Google I/O -- even trimmed into the bushes.

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Android Auto Maserati

Exploring Android Auto got a little fancy inside this red hot Maserati.

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Android Auto apps

An update to Android Auto allows Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to equip the system with their own apps.

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More ways to Waze

Android Auto is hoping to get you to your destination more quickly and safely with the new integration of the Waze navigation app.

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Need a pit stop?

Another big Android Auto update allows searching along your navigation route -- a difficult problem to solve, a technical engineers tells me.

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Paint-flicking robot

A paint flicking robot danced to electronic beats as attendees manipulated the bot to make some playful art.

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Building the new world

One of Google I/O's shipping container demonstration areas, showing off some of the new products and features announced today.

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Materials design review

At the materials design review studio, Google engineers and designers were on hand to walk through attendees' designs and brainstorm work-flow and design solutions.

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Big ship

The festival atmosphere was enhanced by art roaming the festival grounds, like this pirate-ship bus.

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Game time!

Taking a break in the connected-home room, with a wired foosball table.

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Experimental Android

In the Experimental Android playground, an attendee plays with Yuri Suzuki's AR Music Kit, which uses a few sticky notes to turn any device into a musical instrument. When the camera picks up the patterned sequence, the device plays the corresponding notes.

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Self-driving car

A look at the spacious and minimalist interior of one of Google's self-driving cars, which was on site.

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