Google seeks to further expand their horizons in the area of hardware, and it plans to invest over $ S120 million to build a hardware test center for consumer devices at its headquarters in Mountain View. This investment only serves to reaffirm the interest of the firm to follow a path similar to that of its rivals Apple and Microsoft.
As reported by the newspaper Mercury News, among the projects to be developed in the future center is Google @ home, a platform to transmit wirelessly, music throughout the home, an idea similar to one filed by the company long ago. In addition, the new building would house the mysterious "Project X", which would imply the development of optical precision technology and be part of the secret program of technology that leads one of the cofounders of the firm's search engine, Sergey Brin.
The project also envisages the construction of the "Google experience center", consisting of a building where the company can showcase their ideas, new technologies and "novel form of work" to customers and partners. This center would be open to the public and would be reserved only for authorized visitors, said Andrew Burnett, an architect who is working on the project. "The Experience Center will work similar to a museum or exhibition center, allowing the flexibility of the above, so that, as Google products and needs change, the space can adapt to it."
Google joins a club that includes companies like Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, Boeing and IBM, who have devoted significant space in their facilities to show their technology and products to potential buyers, analysts and other important partners.