Theories have been flying round for weeks following the appearance of two barges off the US coast, placed there by deliberately tight-lipped Google bosses who then stepped back to watch the media storm rage. Well, we can turn off the rumour mill now because the mystery has finally been solved.
"Google barge… A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above,” a Google spokeswoman quipped.
"Although it's still early days and things may change, we’re exploring using the barge as an interactive space where people can learn about new technology."
So that’s that. A couple of paragraphs have put a swift end to a fortnight of frenetic speculation, with popular theories including a pop-up Google Glass store, a Gatsby-esque nightclub venue or an invite-only showroom – the latter probably taking the medal for closest guess.
The first barge was spotted bobbing in the waters of the San Francisco Bay last month, where intrigued locals soon dubbed it Google’s “Secret Project”. A second ship was later spotted floating off of coastal Maine.
When the purpose of the project was still little more than whispered hearsay, a source reporting to KPIX who had “been on board the vessel” purportedly said that the San Francisco structure would consist of three floors decked out with showrooms, alongside a party deck and various elements that can be swiftly changed from one day to the next.
“Interactive space” or showroom, tomato or tomato, it’s certain now that Google will be soon lowering the gangplank and inviting visitors to see its store of gadgetry. And with the search engine kingpin developing its Glass technology at an astonishing rate (it has finally introduced compatibility with prescription frames) the chance to board a boat and play with all Google’s toys is a very exciting one indeed.
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