JR Raphael

Google I/O photo gallery: A taste of geek paradise

June 28, 2012 7:48 PM EDT

Being at Google I/O is an experience like no other. It's a complete sensory overload: flashing lights, high-tech robotics, and Android imagery everywhere you look. As I said on Google+, this place is like Willy Wonka's for geeks; it's just absolutely mind-blowing.

I've been sprinkling images of my Google I/O experience throughout social media all week, but there are plenty more photos to be shared. Here's a taste of what it's like inside the one-of-a-kind geek paradise that is Google I/O.

Google I/O Moscone Center Entrance

The entrance to the Moscone Center is hard to miss...


Google I/O Registration

...as are the crowds for pre-I/O registration


Google I/O Keynote Line

People lined up as early as 6 a.m. to get a good seat in the first day's keynote...


Google I/O Keynote Line

...and the building erupted with cheers when security opened the escalators to the auditorium


Google I/O Keynote Line

Unfortunately, there was much more waiting ahead -- one floor higher


Google I/O Keynote Stage

The main stage, all set for a keynote address


Google I/O Snacks

One of the perks of a Google event: food, glorious food!


Google I/O Android

Android, Android, everywhere


Google I/O Android

The view from afar


Google I/O Gear

The gear pick-up station -- where all the free stuff is handed out


Google I/O Gear

Whenever it's giveaway time, the line gets long -- and the determined developers get ready to wait


Google I/O Floor

The insanity of the main I/O floor


Google I/O Floor

Every Google service imaginable is represented somewhere


Google I/O Google Plus Stream

A massive real-time stream of #io12 activity on Google+


Google I/O Android Station

Are these the droids you've been looking for?


Google I/O Android Robot

Seriously, the Bugdroid is everywhere...


Google I/O Android Robot

...and he wears a lot of different outfits


Google I/O Android Robot

He looks mighty dashing in glasses or a hat...


Google I/O Android Robot

...and quite fine in plaid


Google I/O Android Charging Station

Sometimes he lets you recharge your phone...


Google I/O Android Charging Lounge

...or even recharge your body


Google I/O Android Crane Game

Sometimes the Bugdroid gives you prizes...


Google I/O Web Game

...but there are plenty of other games to be played


Google I/O Google Wallet Game

Plenty of other games...


Google I/O Google Wallet Game

...really, plenty of 'em


Google I/O Web Lab Demo

You can demo all kinds of cool technology...


Google I/O 3D Maps Demo

...and explore supersized 3D maps


Google I/O Colorful Outfit

You see plenty of colorful characters...


Google I/O Matias Duarte

...and some familiar faces. That's Android User Experience Director Matias Duarte talking to a Googler who's testing out the company's experimental "Project Glass" glasses


Google I/O Party Robot Face

And, of course, it wouldn't be a Google event without a Google-style party. That's a gigantic robot face whose eyes are controlled by a series of remote joysticks (come on -- what did you expect?)


Miss out on any of the other I/O action? Check out my live play-by-play commentary of the day 1 keynote and day 2 keynote, and be sure to read over my hands-on impressions of the new Nexus 7 tablet and Android 4.1, Jelly Bean release while you're here, too.

I/O officially wraps up tomorrow. It's been an intense, exciting, and exhausting experience. And we'll do it all again in 2013.