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Google said building huge facilities for secret projects

updated 03:25 pm EST, Sun February 12, 2012

Google Experience Center would target Project X

An investigation into Google's public records has hinted that the company is planning large expansions that would be incubators for multiple secret projects. The Mercury News sleuthing found that Google was spending over $120 million in construction around its Montain Vew headquarters for both public and private work. Secret projects would reportedly play a part, including for the Android@Home wireless audio device and Google's well-known but still secretive Project X labs.

The highlight would be a 120,000 square foot Experience Center. The building would be used to court as many as 900 executives and other special guests to collaborate with and brief them on work. Most of what would happen at the center would be confidential and not meant for the public eye, although its layout would behave like that of a constantly changing "museum."

Wireless would come into focus through a nearby facility working on "Google/@home" technology, which along with those at its main campus joule be testing basics of wireless performance like RF behavior, radiation, and thermal behavior.

Google is known to be testing mystery communication devices and may even be working on HUD-equipped glasses that might pair with a smartphone. Combined with the facility expansion, the factors point to Google becoming increasingly concerned with hardware and possibly venturing into its own, completely self-designed devices. Previously, it has almost always worked with another company and has mostly influenced rather than dictated the path of a given product.

Apple, Microsoft, and others that design their own hardware already have their own similar facilities.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. Wingsy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +18

    How Secret Can It Be?

    How secret can it be if it has a name? Even a name like "Project X". You can't get even an acknowledgement that Apple has any secret projects, much less one with a name. That's secret.

  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +15

    Project X

    It's a surveillance satellite which they will use to spy on other companies so they can steal ideas faster. That will be the seed of all their other "secret" projects.

  1. garmonbosia

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Actually,

    It's Googles secret "Lair".

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    HUD-equipped glasses that

    works with a cellphone??? Are they talking about some consumer product or a military product? I honestly can't see the average consumer carrying about some glasses to plug in their cellphones to. That's even worse than needing a stylus.

  1. Zanziboy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    Secret Squirrel

    Is it just me or do Google's marketing antics get on your nerves? If you were to create a secret project, would you talk about it? In fact, everyone already knows what Project X is all about. It's what most projects at Google are about: copying Apple.

  1. MacGeek.

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +13

    Its just..

    Googles way of copying Apple, they read the book " inside Apple" and all of a sudden Eric T Mole says " we got to have one of these secret labs!!!" And of course its a lab to be able to spy on more google users and its "secret" new weapon to take over the world!........ Boring.

    Please Google stop copying others and get with your own juice.

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    120 million

    It'll contain 120 million dollars of photo copiers.

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