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Google I/O will debut a live-action short from Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin

Google I/O will debut a live-action short from Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin

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ATAP's getting weird, y'all

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Google released the full schedule for its I/O developer conference at the end of the month earlier today, and it appears that the presentation from the ATAP (Advanced Technology and Products) group might be one of the most interesting sessions. According to the keynote's description, ATAP will debut its newest Spotlight Story during the event, which has apparently been directed by Fast & Furious alum Justin Lin. Spotlight Stories, which so far have been presented on the Moto X smartphone and Google's Cardboard VR headset, are traditionally animated, but the description for this new one says it's a "live action short" that will be displayed in "full 360 with 3D soundsphere."

ATAP's best known product is the modular Project Ara smartphone, which is due to go on sale in Puerto Rico later this year. This I/O session will likely have an update on Ara's progress, as well as include new, never-before-seen wearable projects, which Google promises will "blow your socks off" and "break the tension between the ever-shrinking screen sizes necessary to make electronics wearable and our ability to have rich interactions with them." At the very least, we expect to see some on-screen explosions.

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