Google has finally come clean on its use of a giant barge floating in the San Francisco Bay.
Google Barge has had many people speculating on what it might be used for. These ranged from a floating data centre to a place where aliens were cryogenically frozen while waiting for the return of the Mother Ship.
Others had suggested, somewhat hopefully, it was a place for a decadent Christmas party where Google and members of the press would met up for an orgy the like of which had not been seen since the days of the Roman Emperor Caligula.
More cynical members of the TechEye staff sniffed and bet us a fiver that it would probably be something very dull. Tragically it looks like we owe them a fiver.
Google has announced that the barge, docked at a pier on Treasure Island, houses a four-story structure made from shipping containers. These do not contain aliens, or vampires, but an interactive space where people can learn about new technology.
It looks like the barge would house a floating showroom for the company's Google Glass connected eyewear and other products.
Google plans to build a small fleet of luxury event spaces designed to be disassembled and transported via barge or train to other locations. Apparently this will upstage Apple in terms of coolness and make up for the fact that Google does not have stores to peddle its specs from.