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Google I/O attendees will receive Cardboard and a pair of smartwatches


Google I/O is all about developers and while revealing that Mountain View has paid out over $5 billion to devs since last year’s show, Sundar Pichai took the time to thank the people building products on Mountain View’s platforms. As the Android boss prepared to wrap up today’s keynote, he acknowledged that developers don’t make the trip to I/O just to talk about statistics and that they also attend the event to get their hands on the latest gadgets.

Met by a roaring applause, Pichai revealed that attendees will receive Cardboard, a folding smartphone holder that converts your handset into a VR headset. Think of it as a poor man’s Oculus Rift. In addition to makeshift virtual reality experience, I/O guests have a choice between receiving an LG G Watch or the Samsung Gear Live. Keeping the smartwatch party going, he revealed that attendees will also be receiving a Moto 360 “as soon as it’s available.”

Not stopping with physical gear, I/O attendees are receiving access to Google Domains preview, along with a free domain name.

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