Google has just announced it will open "Winter Wonderlab" showrooms in six cities across the US. They are designed as "play zones" stocked with Google-branded toys like Nexus 7 phones and Chromebook tablets. (Fans are already griping about the apparent omission of a Google Glass display.)These are not cash-and-carry stores, though products can be ordered there for home delivery. Each will feature a giant walk-in snow globe that can be used as a setting for slow-motion videos to take home.
The Google barge does not seem destined to be a Winter Wonderlab, at least not this winter. However, the mystery barge may well be more of the same concept on a grander and more ambitious scale.