Google finally comments on its Mystery Barge

Google has finally commented on the speculation around the mystery barges docked in various cities and revealed that they could be used as an interactive space where people can learn about Google's technologies.

Barges docked in Portland, Maine and San Francisco have been in the news during the last month, but their exact purpose was not revealed. Speculation has ranged from the barge being a floating white elephant to a Google Glass experience store over this time. Now, a Google spokesperson has told TechCrunch that the barges could be used as interactive space to make people aware of Google's technologies.

Here's what the spokesperson had to say:

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.

The barges have been designed to be portable making it easy to move components on land or sea easily. The Google Barge project is speculated to be a part of Sergey Brin's Google[x] labs formed for experimental products.

We'll know more about what Google has in store once they release a detailed statement, until then there's still room for conspiracy theories going by the current comment made.

Source: TechCrunch | Image via KPIX

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This is just stupid. They obviously have too much money.

As if ANYONE is going to go on a Barge to "learn about technology".

Scabrat said,
Barge? International waters? Google medical experiments? ... Hmm...

Personally I would not venture in open waters with a barge; I guess it will be like a mobile showroom.

They're going to sucker people in and the new technology will be Google Implants, a new way for you to beam stuff to the internets...and to Google. Then they'll start beaming ads straight to your eyeballs, no Glass required...

Can't leave the barge until they've implanted you, unless you fancy jumping into the ocean.

Nik Louch said,
How is it silly? These will return a value.

I won't be buying anything because google has a barge. Seems like instead of buying a few barges, they could have bought more dark fiber and announced more towns with google fiber instead - where people will see value/reward.

spudtrooper said,

I won't be buying anything because google has a barge. Seems like instead of buying a few barges, they could have bought more dark fiber and announced more towns with google fiber instead - where people will see value/reward.


Every company advertise and show its products. I remember the good old days of MS Events where they were showing new products with demo, presentations and seminars; at the time they rented theatres, this seems the same concept.

spudtrooper said,

I won't be buying anything because google has a barge. Seems like instead of buying a few barges, they could have bought more dark fiber and announced more towns with google fiber instead - where people will see value/reward.

... And I won't be buying any Microsoft products just because they opened some stores. So I guess Microsoft should just close them?

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I thought it was perhaps a bit silly at first, but thinking about it, what are the laws regarding planning permission, building remodelling, and that kind of thing in the US? I'd postulate that none of those laws apply to a barge, so Google can basically do what they want on the barge in terms with little of the bureaucratic nonsense.