Revealed: What’s Behind Google’s Mysterious Barges


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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — One of Silicon Valley’s greatest mysteries has been solved.

After weeks of speculation Google confirmed Wednesday that the barges spotted in Portland and San Francisco are owned by the company and will be used to demonstrate technology products.

“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,” a Google spokesperson said in a statement provided to ABC News.

For the last two weeks, the anchored barges have been an abiding mystery in the technology industry.

Google isn’t releasing any more details on the barge other than the aforementioned statement, but many expect the space to be used to demonstrate the company’s Google Glass product, which is best demonstrated in spots with a nice view. Google Glass is expected to be available to the public in early 2014. However, Google has no details to share on when the barge might be opened or what else people might be able to learn about at the space.

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