Google Glass to roll off Foxconn's US factory line in weeks

Google Glass to roll off Foxconn's US factory line in weeks

Summary: Google Glass Explorer Edition: "Designed by Google in California. Assembled by Foxconn in the US".


The first run of Google's Glass networked specs will be rolling off the production lines of device manufacturing giant Foxconn within weeks, according to the Financial Times.

Google has contracted Hon Hai Precision, Apple's primary iPhone manufacturing partner — otherwise known as Foxconn — to assemble its eyewear at a facility in Santa Clara, California, unnamed sources familiar with Google's plans told the FT.

While many components are being sourced from Asia, final assembly will happen in Santa Clara, the paper said.

The location makes sense, according to the sources, due to the high cost and small scale of the first run. The location will also offer Google engineers a chance to be closely involved in the production process.

Google's Project Glass team yesterday sent out the first of up to 8,000 invitations to individuals from the US who can purchase the $1500 Explorer Edition of the Glass headset.

There's no concrete timeframe for the devices to reach participants in the Explorer Edition campaign, however, and it's not clear whether Google will continue to assemble the devices at the US facility if and when it ramps up production.

The Financial Times notes the first production run does support US President Barack Obama's 'Made in America' push to bring more high tech manufacturing back to the US.

At his State of the Union address in February, Obama said he would ask Congress to help create 15 high tech hubs, which would be spurred by businesses partnering with Department of Defense and Energy "to turn regions left behind by globalisation into global centres of high tech jobs". He specifically mentioned Apple making Macs in the US again, and opportunities in 3D printing

Topics: Google, Government US

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  • Is it just me....

    ...but I do not see a lot of people walking down the street wearing these things. If they can make them look more like regular glasses, maybe, but right now they look like something the Borg might wear in Star Trek! It is definitely a niche product.
    • Let's just get it over with and...

      ...have cranial implants that connect directly to the brain. Google's mission seems to be to 'robotize' the world into something like those depressing sci-fi flicks. Pretty de-humanizing, IMHO.
    • Is it just me.....

      toph36 wrote; "...but right now they look like something the Borg might wear in Star Trek!"

      Wait, what's wrong with THAT???? :)
    • What they look like is immaterial.....

      I think the $1500 price tag and the extremely limited production run makes wide spread adaption an obviously unlikely event. And I wouldn't look to these being a catalyst to jump start the US manufacturing industry anytime

      These things are a cool entry into the "look what we can do" catagory, but they are utterly useless as anything other than status symbols.
  • That's the eventual fear, though...

    To make them look like regular glasses and spy on people without their knowledge.

    I can see this technology being regulated at some point.
  • Invitations to spend $1500.

    We are going to hold a raffle to find the lucky winners to give us $1500.

    Almost genius.
  • Bad idea...

    Perverts and weirdos everywhere are delighted.
  • Not much to assemble.

    Electronics arrive from China and LensCrafters can screw them together for under $99 with a free eye exam.
  • Obama

    What in the world does Obama has to do with this? Governments, thru taxation, regulation, and interference do one and one thing only: stifle innovation and productivity in the private sector.
    The reason Google is bringing this to Santa Clara is so they will be able to closely monitor this new technology they are creating. Not because of Obama's interference in private businesses.
  • Wonder why...

    it was decided to market to consumers first? Google Glass seems to have better potential for commercial, scientific use.
    • You do know how Google makes money, don't you?

      Hint: It's not from commercial and scientific users.