There has been a lot of speculation when it comes to the mystery barges that were discovered off the coast of Portland and San Francisco, and Google has come out and said that these will be used as an interactive learning space to showcase its technology.
The mystery surrounding the barges that have been floating off the coast of San Francisco and Portland has finally been resolved, as Google mentioned in a statement that these will be used for educating users on new technologies.
“Google Barge … A floating data center? A wild party boat? A barge housing the last remaining dinosaur? Sadly, none of the above. 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.”
There has been an intense amount of interest in the barges following a CNET story which indicated that they might be used as data centers by Google. The barges have been stacked with cargo containers, which Google is known for using in its data centers. Last week, a news story on CBS KPIX indicated that the barge might be used as a luxury showroom with the likes of a party deck, and could be used to showcase Google products like Google Glass.
There are four barges that have been discovered thus far, and it has been mentioned that the idea to use barges as a mobile product showroom came from Google [x] labs, which is headed by Sergey Brin. While the exact use these barges will be put to has not been disclosed, it is more than likely that they will be used as a physical outlet where users can try out Google Glass, which is said to be getting a consumer-centric model next year.