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According to a report from CBS News’ San Francisco affiliate KPIX, the barges are floating luxury showrooms for Google X, Google’s top-secret lab that works on various unconventional projects such as Google Glass.
The barges will be invite-only according to the report, and they will feature multiple product showcase floors as well as a party deck equipped with “bars, lanais and other comforts so Google can fete its upscale customers.”
KPIX says the showroom floors consist of standard 40-foot shipping containers that can be swapped out. This will also make the showrooms portable, the report said, so that Google can place them on trucks or rail cars and transport them anywhere for a local showcase.
(PORTLAND, Maine) — A four-story building being transported on a barge was scheduled to arrive here Thursday amid speculation over the structure's purpose and its ultimate destination, the Portland Press Herald reported. The barge, escorted by the tugboat Rowan W. McAllister, left New London, Conn., on Wednesday. Cianbro, a Maine-based construction company, is expected to outfit the structure with "a substantial amount of technology" while it is in Portland.
The four-story building will be outfitted with a 'substantial' amount of technology for an unidentified client