Some Google Barge Details Revealed (NASDAQ:GOOG)

Google’s released details about their new floating barges have resulted in more questions than answers. Google has described their barge as being an “interactive space where people can learn about new technology.” However, some local authorities suspect that the barge may be intended to be a retail store on a boat. In San Francisco, it’s up to the Bay Conservation and Development Commission to decide whether Google’s description is just an artistic cover-up for a big, floating Google store for dispensing Google Glass to consumers.

Google has notified the commission of continued construction three times in the past six weeks, but has neglected to provide any details relating to their intentions. According to documents Google submitted to the Port of San Francisco, the company promoted the mystery barges as “a curious and visually stunning” exhibition center with sails “reminiscent of fish fins.” However, each of the three barges built by the Turner Construction Co. at Treasure Island, Calif. for Google is intended to be a “floating retail store,” according to a confidential budget report obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.

The barges are believed to be designed to sell Google Glass, set to publicly launch next year, as well as any other technology the company intends to sell to consumers. Google’s unwillingness to reveal the barges as retail spaces could be because of the reluctance of authorities to issues permits to moor a barge for any length of time. Larry Goldzband of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission said, “A floating retail store that is not a bay-oriented enterprise would probably make a lot of jaws drop at a commission meeting.”

The barges, once approved, will be docked in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Google intends to move the vessels around to various ports in San Francisco Bay, mainly due to a state law that discourages putting new structures on the bay for an extended period of time. The barge would stay no more than a month in each location. This fall, a Google attorney complained in an email to San Francisco officials that negotiations with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission “seem to be going at a glacial speed.” The commission has said that it won’t issue any permits until Google volunteers more information about its intentions with the barges.



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One Response

  1. Walker says:

    As Google says the barges are to exhibit new technology but let us examine that: it is something so amazing that they have to pull out all the stops and to launch coat to coast. They can only take 1000 People a day on board, your local Walmart can do ten times that so it is not just a shopping mall. So it is for an elite of 1000 people per day.

    1000 People a day is dignitaries and invited media.

    We already know about the Google Glasses and the Robot cars heck we even know about Google’s robots/androids so it is something bigger than those that 1000 dignitaries a month would want nay have to visit! The one on the East coast is to serve Washington and the politicians, then the money people over in New York, Boston and the east coast old money, etc.

    The west coast is the tech industry and the glitterati.

    They want it out on the water for security to control who gets to see what and how much.

    So here is my wild speculation:

    Google are the NDA’d partners of Andrea Rossi and his LENR (Cold Fusion) E-Cat. For the product launch they will boil the sea next to the barge to show how effective it is, everyone asked the cold fusion proponents to boil a kettle of water.

    Afterwards they warm the sea next to the barge for people in swimming costumes swim in the sea next to the barges in winter.

    Dignitaries will visit the barges for the product launch where Google explain how they will provide power and electricity at a price too cheap to meter to the world and show how LENR will change so many aspects of the world from LENR cars to air and space travel. From greening the deserts to heating homes and providing power to light city based hydroponic organic factory farms for fresh on the shelf vegetables in supermarkets.

    Have a look here:

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/markgibbs/2013/05/20/finally-independent-testing-of-rossis-e-cat-cold-fusion-device-maybe-the-world-will-change-after-all/

    http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/171660-1-megawatt-cold-fusion-power-plant-now-available-yours-for-just-1-5-million

    http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/11/andrea-rossi-and-his-company-are-taking.html

    http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2013/12/13/the-search-for-energys-holy-grail-starts-with-this.aspx

    http://oilprice.com/Alternative-Energy/Nuclear-Power/What-Could-be-Bigger-than-Shale-How-about-LENR.html

    http://www.elforsk.se/Global/Trycksaker%20och%20broschyrer/elforsk_perspektiv_nr2_2013.pdf

    http://www.elforsk.se/Global/Omv%C3%A4rld_system/filer/Rapport_13_90.pdf

    http://www.google.com/patents/US20130243143

    There, is that wild enough speculation for you?

    Walker

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