How we built the I/O Crossword with the Gemini API

We fed Gemini Advanced both keynotes from Google I/O this year and asked it to create topical, technology-related content for a crossword that would make the game a fun way to learn about I/O announcements. Gemini helped us create the 320 words and clues in the game.

We integrated the AI-generated content into the game, built with our developer tools — Flutter, Dart, Firebase, Project IDX, Google Chrome and Google Cloud — to create the game interface and mechanics.

We also used these tools to include the AI-powered hint feature. The whole point of a crossword is to use the clues to figure the right words — , but we all know that feeling when a word is on the tip of your tongue, or the clue just isn’t cutting it. Instead of needing to head to Google Search for a little help, we built AI right into the game to give you a nudge – just enough to keep those brain cells firing and that satisfaction flowing when you finally crack the code.

The I/O Crossword is built to inspire you to think of ways you might use the Gemini API to make classic experiences better or to create entirely new experiences altogether. If you’ve got a really great idea, you’ve got until Aug. 12, 2024 to submit a project of your own to the Gemini API Developer Competition.

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