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Google’s mysterious barge is actually an ‘invite-only’ product showroom

Earlier this week we reported on a set of mysterious barges said to be connected to Google. As it turns out, they are now believed to be "invite-only" showrooms for special Google projects, including Google Glass.
November 1, 2013

Recently a set of mysterious floating barges showed up in San Francisco and Portland, Maine – both apparently connected directly to Google. As the rumors went, the barges where whispered to be either floating data centers or even floating Google Glass stores.

Now according to CBS News, a new ‘trusted’ source has come forward claiming that they’ve been aboard the vessel located near San Francisco and that the latter rumor is actually the correct one. Reportedly the project has been in the planning stages for over a year over at the Google X facility. Keep in mind that this is no ordinary retail store.

The goal here is to create a portable building that can be used to showcase special projects and upcoming products including Google Glass. Not surprisingly, the barge will only be open to “high-level VIPs”. The first three floors are said to be the showroom area, while the upper ‘deck’ will eventually feature bars and a veranda for entertaining invited guests.

So why the odd design choice? The anonymous source says that building the invite-only retail/marketing center out of shipping containers means it will be easy to break down the building. In broken down form they can relocate the showroom center to anywhere in the world via barges, rail cars or even trucks.

Although CBS says that the source is trusted, keep in mind that Google has still yet to confirm its plans, so speculation is certainly advised.