Google-Powered Kiosks Serve As Outdoor Search Engines
Pilot project turns bus shelters into internet-connected tourist information centers.
Instead of having to rely on your smartphone, Google has teamed up with R/GA London to offer an alternative way to track down local attractions, weather and travel information in London. “Google Outside” is a pilot scheme that uses giant display at 160 locations around the city to make search accessible outdoors. Now there’s no need to squint at your phone while trying to find a tourist attraction that is probably only a few feet from where you’re standing.
The screens use existing smartphone technology called Google Now to take into account local conditions and provide people with information about their current location. This means that on a rainy day you are more likely to be directed to the nearest cinema, as opposed to the nearest public park.