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Google to Collect Temperature, Air Quality Data During I/O

by Todd Haselton | May 13, 2013May 13, 2013 3:30 pm PDT

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Google I/O is a massive event that will take place Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. The company knows that the floors of the Moscone Center in San Francisco will be buzzing with developers and press alike, and it wants to help improve the experience during future events. In an effort to do that, the company announced Monday that the Google Cloud Platform team will monitor the air temperature, air quality, humidity, the noise level and even footsteps of volunteers using Arduino-based sensors. There will be more than 4,000 data streams coming in at once.

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“We wanted to help attendees gain more insight about the conference space and the environment itself,” Google developer programs engineer Michael Manoochehri said in a blog post. “Which developer Sandboxes were the busiest? Which were the loudest locations, and which were the best places to take a quick nap? We think about data problems all the time, and this looked like an interesting big data challenge that we could try to solve. So this year, we decided to try to answer our questions with a project that’s a bit different, kind of futuristic, and maybe a little crazy.”

Google hopes this type of technology can later be used on a much larger scale to help plan cities more efficiently or in other use cases. It will publish all of its data to Google I/O attendees and hopes that developers take advantage of it and realize how important open hardware and software is.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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