No, the Google Barge isn’t a Glass store — it’s a “Learning Center”



Some mysterious barges under Google’s control have been popping up in the past few weeks. One of them was spotted off the coast of the San Francisco Bay, at former Navy base Treasure Island. Another was spotted on the other side of the country, near Maine.

Rumors ran rampant, of course, and many started trying to guess what these barges were for. Guesses ranged from stuff as boring as floating data centers to stuff as exciting as a unique retail experience for Google Glass whenever the things are set to launch early next year. Google didn’t keep us in the clouds for long, though, as the company has finally decided to come out with it. You ready for this?

It’s a “learning center.” That’s right — a learning center. Not the most exciting or magical use ever, but there it is. Google says they’re simply experimenting with a new type of space that will help people learn about new technology in an “interactive space.”

They didn’t tell us what that technology was, of course, but some are guessing these spaces will be used to pilot the stuff being made in the highly secretive Google X program. Perhaps these will be used as some of the locations mentioned in Google’s product research survey, where the company has invited anyone and everyone to sign-up for a chance to test new products before anyone else.

Speculation will still run rampant, but at least we have a better idea of what’s going on with El Goog out at sea. Now, they just wish you’d go back to salivating over the newly-launched Nexus 5.

[via TechCrunch]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. I liked my ideas that I posted elsewhere better:

    A) The new Nexus… 3000! Take that Samsung Mega!

    B) It’s Google’s new Random Rumor Generator

    C) Apple wants to build a headquarters that’s a spaceship that doesn’t fly? Well we built one that’s an actual floating navy!

    D) On the same vein, Google is planning to attack piracy on two fronts, the internet and the high seas! Yaaargh!

  2. I want to take a cruise on it when it is ready :)

  3. Nice!

  4. A learning center with a gift shop. In that gift shop? A bunch of Google products.

  5. Other reports claim it can also go inland on major rivers that can take barge traffic.

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