Finally a appointed day for all technology enthusiasts. There are a few hours left for one of the most important events of the year, we are talking about Google I/O 2023, from which we expect many new features.
To whet your appetite, the Mountain View-based company has decided to launch a card game in which the interest that it has in Artificial Intelligence is advanced. We have tried it and we can affirm that it will provide us with a fun time, we will tell you how it is I/O Flip.
More than a game, an experiment for developers: this is how FLIP is played
baptized as I/O Flip, in honor of today’s event, is a classic card game in which we will take units to the battlefield to see who is the strongest. As Google states in the official publication, it has been created “to inspire developers” and experiment with generative AI technologies.
This is one of the areas in which it will influence the most during the conference, as this game already tells us. The images of the characters that appear on the cards have been generated thanks to the Google’s own API, PaLM. On the other hand, for the development of the user interface other technologies have been used such as flutter and dartsthe company’s programming language.
In addition to the technical data, we are going to describe what the experience is like I/O Flip provides. First, as if it were an RPG, we will choose a class for our character as well as a power to generate a deck of up to 12 cards.
From this deck, we can participate in games, being the winner best of three rounds. If we continue to win games we will be part of the global ranking that shows the best players. As simple as that, in addition, the deck that we have generated can be shared with the rest of the users.
This game has been released as a web application (webappin English), and therefore it is responsive, so we can play without problems from the browser of our mobile. Of course, one of the basic principles is based on the letters that correspond to Google’s mascots: Dash, Sparky, Dino and Android.
Each of these alters its properties depending on the class and the power that we have selected at the beginning, without forgetting the elemental powers (water, fire, earth, air and metal) that will establish the type of the card. On the other hand, when fighting, we must also consider the strength of each cardindicated with a value between 10 and 100.
Going back to the fighting, as we said before, the best of three games wins. If we get the win, we will continue using the same hand, otherwise we can choose a new one.
A very ‘Made by Google’ game
We want to talk again about the technologies that have made possible the creation of this fun game. Google details them in depth in the official publication, but as a summary (and in advance for Google I/O) these are the most important ones that have done their bit:
- On one hand, we have Musethe AI model that generates image from text.
- There is also the name of dreambooth, a technique that runs on Muse to generate new “theme specific” images using a group of your own images for training.
- The PaLM API allowed the generation of descriptions that detail the characteristics of each card.
- flutteron the other hand, has been used to make up cards from a name, description and image. This programming environment includes the widget GameCard, which also contributes its function.
- Dart Frogis he backend that helped Google keep the game logic (rules, winners, cheat prevention and card sharing on social networks).
- Lastly, we have firebasethe cloud platform which helps developers launch mobile applications. In this case, the tool helps to verify the code, as well as improve security with the rules of firebase.
If you dare to try it, you can do so by accessing the website that Google has enabled for it. It has no waste, and it is that It is original the idea that today’s protagonist has presented to us.
We invite you to follow the Google I/O 2023 with us. From Xataka Android and Xataka Mobile We will do extensive coverage to bring you all the information that the Mountain View giant reveals this afternoon.
More information | Google Developers
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