Google’s relentless testing of new ideas has moved out of cyberspace and into London’s Heathrow airport. Google has opened a type of Internet café called “Google Space” which offers free Internet access on 10 laptops. The space is not permanent, but will only be in Heathrow’s Terminal 1 until December 19.
Google’s intent is to use Google Space as a lab to test some its new applications while giving travelers the chance to use their waiting time at the airport more productively, for example by checking out their destination with Google Earth or Google Maps before they board their plane.
At least two Google staff members will be available to help and answer questions during the opening hours Google Space (7am to 7pm daily). Google’s European Director of Marketing, Lorraine Twohill, commented that “Google Space will help people make wasted time more useful. And for Google, Space is a live lab where people can test our most-up-to-date products, and give us their feedback.”
Google has indicated that it is possible that they will extend their trial to other spaces where people spend a lot of time waiting, for example train stations, and seem keen to start exploring wireless options too.