The big surprise was when
Tony Stark Sergey Brin coordinated a skydive onto the roof of the conference center, then a team of stunt bikers, followed by a repeller down the side of the building, and finished by a biker taking the Project Glass proto type right up to the stage. It was all streamed live through a Google+ Hangout using Project Glass. It was by far the most impressive demo I have ever seen and it will be very hard to top.
The big reveal was that they would be giving the US attendees of Google I/O 2012 the opportunity to preorder "Glass Explorer Edition" for $1,500 that will ship next year. Of course I did and now I have some glass as proof. I am number 718 and I could not be more excited!
Now the freebies this year provide the whole suite of Nexus products. The Galaxy Nexus (which I already have), the Nexus 7 table, and the just announced Nexus Q. I already have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus and the one I was given runs on AT&T or T-Mobile and can be instantly updated to Jelly Bean through OTA. I'm not sure what I am going to do with it yet. The Nexus 7 is awesome looking. I still have some doubts with the 7 inch form factor but I'm excited to play with Jelly Bean. Unfortunately I can not activate the device on the hotel WiFi so I just need to be patient and activate it tomorrow morning at the conference center. The Nexus Q was a little out of left field and the somewhat evil looking GLaDOS like device has a strange set of features. I will definitely hook it up and use it when I get home, but I do not see it replacing the Xbox 360 + Kinect I use for most of my media consumption.
After hours were really awesome. Train put on a great performance and there were endless geeky games and interactive displays. The one that I spent the most time waiting for was a game that measured how relaxed or "in the zone" you were while you played a rail based shooter. My score was not horrible, but I did not make it to the leader board.
It is only one day in and it seems like I have been here a long time. There are still two more days including what should be another great keynote address tomorrow. I am not sure if they will be able to top live streaming skydivers though.