Google Glass To Be Produced In The United States

rated by 0 users
This post has 5 Replies | 0 Followers

Top 10 Contributor
Posts 26,726
Points 1,209,050
Joined: Sep 2007
News Posted: Thu, Mar 28 2013 12:10 AM
Google Glass has suddenly become a runaway hit for the company, and it hasn't even shipped yet. Even the mainstream media has found itself enamored by the thought of wearing a computer on one's face, and the split of people who adore and detest the idea make it all the more TV-worthy. And now, there's even more to talk about. A new Financial Times report is suggesting that the first batch of Glass headsets, dubbed Explorer Edition, will be produced in the United States of America. It's highly unusual for a flagship consumer electronics product to be produced anywhere other than Asia, but Google probably won't be hurting for cash, even with being forced to pay U.S. labor rates.

The devices will be built in Santa Clara, California at a local Foxconn-managed facility, but there are two important things to consider. First, only a few thousand of these are slated to be made, and second, each one will cost buyers $1500. It's unclear whether or not Google will continue to produce Glass headsets in America after the initial Explorer set is complete, but we're expecting to hear more about the program at Google I/O in May.

Speaking of which, are you planning to buy a set once they settle in price? Curious about trying one out? One has to wonder if these will be at Best Buy and the like for folks who are simply curious.
  • | Post Points: 80
Not Ranked
Posts 26
Points 230
Joined: Mar 2013

I actually thank Google for not having them built in asia we need jobs here. So many butthurt company's want to make top dollar per item. There part of the problem with today's economy thank you Google

  • | Post Points: 5
Not Ranked
Posts 84
Points 775
Joined: Nov 2009
timaeus replied on Thu, Mar 28 2013 9:37 AM

I'd be curious about trying them out, and probably would want to buy one down the line, once the price has settled, and tech matured.

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 200 Contributor
Posts 450
Points 5,345
Joined: Jul 2010
Location: Cincinnati
sackyhack replied on Thu, Mar 28 2013 10:37 AM

I can see these taking a foothold in some kind of business oriented sector or for like fire-fighters and cops. But does Google really expect this to take off? I love the tech, but I don't see many people wanting to walk around with it always on their face, and the ease of taking your phone out of your pocket to check something vs putting on glasses doesn't help either. I hope I'm wrong though...

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 25 Contributor
Posts 3,688
Points 55,875
Joined: Jul 2004
Location: United States, Massachusetts
Dave_HH replied on Thu, Mar 28 2013 12:33 PM

That's a good move on Google's part for sure. Hopefully it pays off in the business model as well as good will.

Editor In Chief

  • | Post Points: 5
Top 500 Contributor
Posts 216
Points 2,135
Joined: Mar 2010
SmogHog replied on Sun, Mar 31 2013 8:25 PM

Assembled in the US vs Made in the US

All foreign made parts?

  • | Post Points: 5
Page 1 of 1 (6 items) | RSS