In April, we got super excited because Google was laying their Fiberoptic Cable in our neighborhood. Now we’re able to preregister for Google Fiber: Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO are the first cities in the United States to have a city-wide broadband connection from a fiber-optic network. And our neighborhood is currently 19th in line to get hooked up! Yes!
We’re over the moon here at the Nerd Nest (Internet that’s 100 times faster than the national average? Yes, please.) and we got to experience even more excitement yesterday on a tour of the Google Fiber Space.
Eliza and Jonas were all about seeing the race-tracks that made up the following Google Fiber commercial first hand.
Unfortunately, at the fiber space, I did not learn anything that I did not already know. However, the chance to see the high-speed in action was pretty awesome (and so were the s’mores brownies, from Olive Events Catering). I found that for the most part, the Google Fiber employees were more focused on a sales approach, where I was looking more for a technical approach. I’m already sold! If they had a network engineer there, I probably would’ve spent the whole night pickin’ that person’s brain.
Jonas was crazy, and I think he made it a bit difficult to really get into playing with the internet. I did however have some time to see the fiber connection load youtube videos at amazing speed. To give you an idea of the speed… a 1080p video loads almost instantly. Some people don’t realize it, but there are resolutions of video that are higher than 1080p. Like 2K and 4K for example. A 2K video is what IMAX movies are at, and a 4k is twice that. Well, there are actually 4k videos on YouTube… They’re so large that a lot of computers can’t even play them because the graphics card cannot traverse through that much data at once, and thus the video is a little “laggy” or “glitchy”. These HUGE video files did not load immediately, but they did load, and they did load fast enough to watch the video without interruption. The chromebook did “choke” on the video playing though, but that’s because of the huge file, not because of the speed.
The space was really fun. We were there for almost two hours, and the kids were pretty much into it the whole time. Jonas chatted up the pretty girls and gave them rubik’s cubes, Eliza looked through the books on the coffee tables, had fun making the cars go by pushing buttons on the model, and both the kids were pretty excited about watching Yo Gabba Gabba videos on the testing laptops strewn about the comfy sitting areas.
Megan, true to form, was mostly excited about the building’s decor. We both loved the vintage part robots made by Kansas City handmade-married-couple-artists Nerdbots (we are going to try to get those people over on the Nest, for sure), and thought it was really cool that the “wallpaper” on the walls were Kansas City maps. In fact, the whole thing was Kansas City themed. Which we love.
Megan’s dad will go apes**t over the sports card art in the Google Fiber Space. From one direction it was all KC baseball cards and from the other it was all KC football cards. We’re not into sports, but it was still ridiculously cool.
Google even dedicated one of their commercials to Kansas City. If you want more peaks into where we live, watch it!
There were awesome Kansas City touches everywhere. You can see a big mural in the background, the trendy lamp things were made with badminton birdies, a nod to the Kansas City sculptures at the Nelson. And Megan’s been looking for drafting drawers like that for a coffeetable for ages. She pretty much wanted to move in there. I wouldn’t mind it either!
Overall, I’m really excited about the new internet. It’s going to do more for Kansas City then a lot of people realize.