Google opened gadget showrooms in six U.S. cities as the holiday shopping season quickly approaches.
Dubbed the "Google Winter Wonderlabs," the showrooms are designed to be interactive spaces where potential customers can get their hands on Google products ranging from the Nexus 7 to the latest Chromebooks and Chromecast video streaming devices.
Google noted on the Winter Wonderlabs website that customers can place their orders right from the showroom.
The company also invites shoppers to take a break from holiday buying madness and hang out in their new showrooms to listen to music, watch videos, play games, and, of course, buy Google products.
For anyone who ever wanted to be inside a snow globe, they're in luck.
Each one of the Winter Wonderlab showrooms will be outfitted with a human-sized igloo-looking "snow globe." Visitors can step into it and create slow-motion videos -- complete with fake snow -- to keep and share.
The showrooms will be located in New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, Paramus, N.J., and Sacramento, Calif.
Google also is building interactive showrooms on two barges -- one docked in San Francisco and the other in Portland, Maine. The company plans to use the floating showrooms to not only show off its gadgets but also to bring attention to coastal businesses around the harbors where the barges are docked.
Construction work is underway on the barge docked in San Francisco. When that is completed, work is expected to begin on the East Coast barge.
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