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Mystery over for Google's Glass barges as Maine ship sold for scrap

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Google's plan for a series of floating showrooms that would help consumers get to know -- and, ultimately, purchase -- its new Glass wearable platform appears to have sunk, as its East Coast constituent looks to be headed for a Maine scrapyard.

Google Glass barge retail store
Google's low cost, super-sized floating retail strategy being assembled on a barge. | Photo: Daniel Eran Dilger


A Google-owned barge located in Portland, Maine, has been towed to a scrapyard in South Portland, according to the Portland Press Herald. The barge's upper-deck structure of cargo containers will reportedly be disassembled and sold as scrap before the barge itself is sent on to a new buyer.

"Bummer," Portland spokeswoman Jessica Grondin told the publication when asked about the barge's ignominious end. "I was hoping for something to come from this. Everybody was waiting to see what was actually going on."

Google's barges first became the subjects of speculation last October, when the multi-story structures were first spotted and connected to the search giant. Some believed them to be floating data centers, though they later turned out to be designed as showrooms for Google's new wearable projects.

Construction was forced to a halt in March of this year after Google failed to obtain the proper permits from the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. It is unclear to what degree those legal quandaries affected the Maine barge, as its San Francisco sibling remains docked in the harbor.
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Seemed like a dumb idea if it was in fact for consumers to preview Glass. Did Google ever say for certain what the barges would be used for specifically? Not sure myself, but the whole thing sounded weird if the news articles were anywhere near accurate.

As far as Glass itself it's not anywhere near ready for general consumers IMO. Maybe Gen2 instead and use this version for the pros like doctors, techs, firemen, etc that are evaluating it.
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Worst. Title. Ever.
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Please, Google, take every Google Glass that you have ever made, all the r&d, everything to do with Glass, and put it on that barge.
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CLOWNS!

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How totally weird.
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"Bummer," Portland spokeswoman Jessica Grondin told the publication when asked about the barge's ignominious end. "I was hoping for something to come from this. Everybody was waiting to see what was actually going on."
 

Everybody = almost no one

 

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Google's barges first became the subjects of speculation last October, when the multi-story structures were first spotted and connected to the search giant. Some believed them to be floating data centers, though they later turned out to be designed as showrooms for Google's new wearable projects.

Cart before the horse

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Funny. I thought the barges were going to be Google Casinos.
Offshore so they wouldn't have to obey local gambling regulations or whatever.
Would have been far more interesting for customers and more profitable for Google.

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When Eric Schmidt heard Jobs say "real artists ship", he made an impulse buy.
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Google doesn't look at the money they make as "earned" income. I don't know how else to explain their haphazard approach to "growing" their business.

 

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Funny. I thought the barges were going to be Google Casinos.
Offshore so they wouldn't have to obey local gambling regulations or whatever.
Would have been far more interesting for customers and more profitable for Google.

It is absolutely amazing how little analysts are writing about another waste of time and money Google has spent on these barges. If Apple did something like this, there would be no shortage of rage coming from nearly every analyst and would-be analyst in the world. Oh well. I will take the silence for Google and the noise for Apple as analysts really caring about what Apple does with its time and money! :lol:

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There's innovation for ya!
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Funny. I thought the barges were going to be Google Casinos.

Just imagine: a card-counting Google Glass app...
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Steve could have pulled this off. Eric? Not so much.
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Please, Google, take every Google Glass that you have ever made, all the r&d, everything to do with Glass, and put it on that barge.

 

Google Glass may not be a smashing success, but it does advance one area of technology.  Wearables are still very new, everyone is still learning and researching.  It would be a loss to wipe out all the time, money, research, and lessons learned from what Google has done.  

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There goes Google Island.

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It is absolutely amazing how little analysts are writing about another waste of time and money Google has spent on these barges. If Apple did something like this, there would be no shortage of rage coming from nearly every analyst and would-be analyst in the world. Oh well. I will take the silence for Google and the noise for Apple as analysts really caring about what Apple does with its time and money! lol.gif
Better question is, why aren't people invested in Goolge stock not screaming at them yet? This is yet another stupid moonshot project, that cost them millions, gone up on smoke. As an investor, I'd be calling for the resignation of the entire board, the CEO, and the entire executive team, who consistently and constantly blow millions of dollars on projects that go NOWHERE.
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One thing I do like about Google: they try some weird stuff. Map the world? Street view the world?
You try weird things some times it won't pan out. Some times it will.
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Why doesn't Carl Icahn (or someone like him) show up at Google shareholder meetings asking about this boondoggle, funded by shareholder money?

 

Apple puts Dyson hand dryers in their restrooms and people ask, "Why?!" 

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Not bothering to sell the barges as fully finished/furnished is a waste of resources.
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When Eric Schmidt heard Jobs say "real artists ship", he made an impulse buy.

Haha nice
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It is absolutely amazing how little analysts are writing about another waste of time and money Google has spent on these barges. If Apple did something like this, there would be no shortage of rage coming from nearly every analyst and would-be analyst in the world. Oh well. I will take the silence for Google and the noise for Apple as analysts really caring about what Apple does with its time and money! :lol:

 

A rising tide lifts all boats.

Except the Google Barge.

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Not bothering to sell the barges as fully finished/furnished is a waste of resources.

Well, if they spent additional money to fully furnish them, then scrapped them anyhow, it would be an even greater waste of resources.

 

Sometimes you need to cut your losses early.

 

You know, like breaking up with that psycho girlfriend after a week rather than getting married, having two kids, then getting into a nasty bitter divorce. Stuff like that.

 

You can't win them all. Take the loss and move on with your life.

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Steve could have pulled this off. Eric? Not so much.

Steve wouldn't have tried to begin with, because it's a Bozo move.

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Who's to say that Google didn't actually complete their barge project and use them successfully for exactly the purpose they intended?  Maybe it was just a way to test out some device or other.  It's possible that the barges actually did contribute to Google's pipeline in a meaningful way.  Or not.  We don't get details of every prototype or every experiment that Apple or General Motors does, do we?  I think this was just a mountainous molehill.  

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Who's to say that Google didn't actually complete their barge project and use them successfully for exactly the purpose they intended?  Maybe it was just a way to test out some device or other.  It's possible that the barges actually did contribute to Google's pipeline in a meaningful way.  Or not.  We don't get details of every prototype or every experiment that Apple or General Motors does, do we?  I think this was just a mountainous molehill.  


Agreed. I think all the calls for resignations and the like don't realize how many large corporations actually have projects start and never see the light of day. Nobody outside of Google currently knows definitively what the barges were for, so passing any real judgement is jumping the gun.

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Maybe they thought it could be updated but it turns out it was terribly fragmented?

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Better question is, why aren't people invested in Goolge stock not screaming at them yet? This is yet another stupid moonshot project, that cost them millions, gone up on smoke. As an investor, I'd be calling for the resignation of the entire board, the CEO, and the entire executive team, who consistently and constantly blow millions of dollars on projects that go NOWHERE.

 

You'd be wasting your time and breath.

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Seemed like a dumb idea if it was in fact for consumers to preview Glass. Did Google ever say for certain what the barges would be used for specifically? Not sure myself, but the whole thing sounded weird if the news articles were anywhere near accurate.

As far as Glass itself it's not anywhere near ready for general consumers IMO. Maybe Gen2 instead and use this version for the pros like doctors, techs, firemen, etc that are evaluating it.

The barges were definitely a weird idea. If it was intended for retail space, it was too remote and had the obvious drawback of only being accessible to coastal cities, had it worked out.

I lived with a borrowed Glass Explorer for a 24-hrs, and it was definitely geeky-neat, but I couldn't see giving up my iPhone for this, as despite the beat application being written for it, I couldn't see mom and dad or non-geeks wanting it.
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Better question is, why aren't people invested in Goolge stock not screaming at them yet? This is yet another stupid moonshot project, that cost them millions, gone up on smoke. As an investor, I'd be calling for the resignation of the entire board, the CEO, and the entire executive team, who consistently and constantly blow millions of dollars on projects that go NOWHERE.

Probably for the same reason they forgave Amazon: they beheld the miracles of the X Labs and they saw that it was good. And the Google Apostles came unto the AppleInsider forums and posted "verily, this is the innovation which Apple should be doing" and thus they sowed the seeds of concern for Apple's doom.

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Who's to say that Google didn't actually complete their barge project and use them successfully for exactly the purpose they intended?  Maybe it was just a way to test out some device or other.  It's possible that the barges actually did contribute to Google's pipeline in a meaningful way.  Or not.  We don't get details of every prototype or every experiment that Apple or General Motors does, do we?  I think this was just a mountainous molehill.  

No one can.

 

But their behavior seems to indicate that they did not fully think this through. Regardless of intent, they did not have the proper permits for operating in San Francisco Bay, which is why that incomplete vessel was relocated to Stockton, at which point apparently all activity ceased.

 

Had they gotten everything they wanted from the SF Bay craft, they would have junked it right then, rather than spend the time, money, and legal resources to go to Stockton.

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The term "Google barge" just might stick around the way "jump the shark" did.  An expression to describe something that's incredibly stupid and expensive and yet got built.  Wary spouse:  "Oh no, Harold, that's just gonna be another Google barge that will sit in the garage."  Biz news headline: "Did Company X Just Build Its Google Barge?"

 

Really now, think about it.  A barge to showcase your products in?  What port is there that has the infrastructure that would make it convenient enough as to compel thousands of people to drive over and get on a barge just to look at stuff that doesn't include naked women?  Or if you wanted the mobility, how many ports on the West Coast would generate enough foot traffic to make it worth paying the towing and wharfage cost?  Vancouver, Seattle, SF, LA and San Diego.

 

You can almost picture the people who thought this up thinking this up while consuming voluminous amounts of malt liquor.  "I know, I know.  How about we get a barge, fix it up, put all our cool stuff there, and people can drive from all over the country and get on the barge to look at our cool stuff.  Nobody's done a barge before.  Yeah, that'll be a big hit.  Burp.  It'll cost less than Motorola."


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The term "Google barge" just might stick around the way "jumbo the shark" did.  An expression to describe something that's incredibly stupid and expensive and yet got built.

 

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But their behavior seems to indicate that they did not fully think this through.

 

viz. my kegger scenario elsewhere on this thread.

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That's exactly where google is headed .... :smokey:

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Better question is, why aren't people invested in Goolge stock not screaming at them yet? This is yet another stupid moonshot project, that cost them millions, gone up on smoke. As an investor, I'd be calling for the resignation of the entire board, the CEO, and the entire executive team, who consistently and constantly blow millions of dollars on projects that go NOWHERE.

I hear ya ... but read a little about google and their stupid CEO(s). They made it almost impossible to get rid of Larry & his stupid bud Sergey no matter how much they f***k up!

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post #36 of 52
Thats because analysts are idiots -simple really

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post #37 of 52

Aw, sorry Google!

So much for those 'off-shore' profits!

post #38 of 52

This is a good metaphor for most of Google's products. Ridiculous Hype (ie. Glass, etc) that then completely fizzle as real, practical consumer products. 

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Google apparently tried to imply that the initial Barge mystery was an Apple-like 'next best thing.' However, failure to disclose what the purpose & value of the barge was, leaves people to speculate on why they were there, like to sniff additional wifi with passwords, & intercept traffic to target their adds.

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Not bothering to sell the barges as fully finished/furnished is a waste of resources.

I don't think they got near that far. Besides the barge on the west coast was going to find most ports closed to it anyway.
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