Google has been known to undertake some strange and mysterious projects before, but the latest rumors are getting a bit farther out there than normal. Recently, a barge has appeared moored to Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, and work has it that Google is involved with building the structure that has been growing on that barge.
Both the local CBS affiliate in San Francisco KPIX and CNET have confirmed that Google is involved with the barge, but no one is quite sure what Google is involved in. One theory is that Google is building a water-based data center. Google has been known to build data centers near water in order to use water cooling systems, and Google does have a patent for a "water-based data center" that it received in 2009.
The less likely theory, but the one that is more interesting to us is that Google might be "a floating marketing center" for Google Glass. KPIX says that a source close to the project has said that is the plan, but Google hasn't been granted the necessary permits for such a facility. There has been more chatter about Google Glass recently, because we are getting closer to the expected consumer release next year.