Speculation has been running rampant after Google built mysterious barges in the San Francisco Bay and at the Portland, Maine harbor.
The Huffington Post revealed on Saturday that the barges are no more than upscale party venues and showrooms for Google Inc. The multi-story vessels are made out of stacked shipping containers and will feature a top-floor “party deck.” The shipping containers are interchangeable and are designed to be disassembled and transported via a barge or a train to other locations. The showrooms will feature Google’s Glass wearable computers and other related products from Google’s secret lab, Google X. Access will be invitation-only.
The existence of the floating barges surfaced last week after CNET publicly theorized that the vessels were centers for collecting data. Experts supported the theory, as the a barge would provide easy access to a source of cooling and also an inexpensive source of power. Adding fuel to the fire, Google was granted a patent in 2009 for a floating data center.
KPIX 5, a CBS news outlet in the San Francisco Bay Area, investigated the barge mystery and found that the vessels are nothing more than upscale venues. Google has refused to comment on the story, but KPIX’s claims their source for the story has been onboard on the barges.