07/11/2013 06:27 GMT

Mysterious Google Barges Are 'Interactive Spaces' Which Is Way Duller Than What Were Hoping For

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 30: A barge under construction is docked at a pier on Treasure Island on October 30, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Mystery barges with construction of shipping containers have appeared in San Francisco and Portland, Maine, prompting online rumors that the barges are affiliated with a Google project. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Proving that speculation and hearsay is usually more interesting than the mundane truth, Google have revealed what their mysterious floating barges are going to be.

Nope, they're not full of aliens nor are they giant party boats - they will become... showrooms.

Well, "interactive spaces".

A Spokesperson told Tech Crunch: "Google Barge … A floating data centre? 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."

This had been one of the uses proposed by the flurry of journalists sent to investigate the story.

CBS had said it it "a floating marketing centre" for Google Glass, its gradually evolving wearable computer.

The idea is that maybe Google has built a giant Apple store-like centre on the barge, and will move it around to promote the device - or just use it to get around San Francisco's property prices by mooring it close to Fort Mason.

A report by Cnet had wrongly speculated they were massive floating data centres but it turns out they had been looking at the wrong lease.


While interactive learning spaces will undoubtedly be useful the sense of disappointment it isn't something a little crazier is palpable...