At 10 a.m. Eastern, Google officially opened registration for its Google I/O developer conference, which will be held from May 15 to 17 at the Moscone Center, in downtown San Francisco. Less than an hour later – or 49 minutes exactly, by one estimate – the event was completely sold out. Last year, of course, Google I/O tickets vanished within twenty minutes. Still, 49 minutes ain't too shabby.
So why is Google I/O such a big deal? Well, for one, even though the ticket price is high – $900 for members of the public, $300 for academic faculty and students, according to PC Mag – the gift bags tend to be worth the price of admission alone.
Meanwhile, this year, there's the matter of the Google Project Glass headset, which is expected to be the centerpiece of the I/O conference. Although Roger Cheng of CNET doubts that Google will actually be giving away free high-tech spectacles, he notes that "there are high expectations Google will wow the audience with new [Project Glass] features and apps."
Back in February, Google announced it would allow Twitter and Google+ users to apply for a chance to test out Project Glass. But there was a catch: Even users who were selected had to pay $1,500 in order to pick up your test device and attend "a special pick-up experience" in New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. A listing for Google glasses subsequently appeared on eBay; it was quickly removed by eBay staff.
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