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Project Glass bill of materials reveals it costs just $80 to make what Google sells for $1500

0. phoneArena 01 May 2014, 05:34 posted on

The bill of materials for Google’s wearable is estimated at just $80 by Teardown.com, which took it apart and looked for the price of each part…

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posted on 02 May 2014, 08:33 1

94. bossmt_2 (Posts: 449; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

The thing you guys seem to be forgetting is that this is a beta test. Of course Google doesn't plan on actually selling this for 1500 bucks. This lets them test the market with people who're genuinely interested in the product as well as people who will be making money with the product via apps design. This device will not stay at this cost forever. What will likely happen is when glass 2.0 launches (if that's the public release) they'll offer the base model for say like 150-200, then they'll offer more premium designs like Ray Bans or Oakleys with glass. So on so forth. Of course google cares about money. They'd be out fo business if they didn't. But google isn't a price markup like this, they follow the model about getting devices in people's hands thne making money off ads.

posted on 03 May 2014, 22:00

103. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

What i think I think You're PAYING FOR THE SOFTWARE. If the hardware is inexpensive to put the parts together then the software is where the price tag what makes it higher. I'm still going to save up n buy my self GOOGLE GLASS. Cause I love the technology in it. But don't think GOOGLE can get it too every consumer unless you have a good credit card or if youre a rich person/celebrity.

posted on 01 May 2014, 05:42 3

2. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 526; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)

But will it blend

posted on 01 May 2014, 05:49

11. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

Yes, of course, you're blending those big pile of hard earned money anyways lol.

posted on 01 May 2014, 05:47

7. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

It's the R&D.

posted on 05 May 2014, 03:17

106. preetmalhotra (Posts: 109; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)

You have no name!
So please keep quite!

posted on 01 May 2014, 05:48 6

9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)

OnePlus should make their own OnePlus Glass and OnePlus Watch for $100 and with the OnePlus One, they can dominate the world.

posted on 01 May 2014, 05:49

10. papss (unregistered)

Wow that's some healthy profits per headset

posted on 01 May 2014, 05:54 4

13. valapsp (Posts: 557; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

wont pay more than $250.

posted on 01 May 2014, 06:32

20. papss (unregistered)

Its not to you then sir.. Its for the guys that have to have the latest tech and typically those folks pay huge amounts... Google is just like all big mfg

posted on 01 May 2014, 06:47 2

22. valapsp (Posts: 557; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

im talking about the consumer version.

posted on 01 May 2014, 06:07 2

16. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

i know its android authority but they have interesting writeup

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:40

42. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Nice write up...we will see when Glass is ready for public sale...

At the same time.....game console dev kits are usually higher than the actual console. Good thing Android dev phones are priced reasonably.

posted on 01 May 2014, 06:32

21. azers07 (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)

I really think that they should release basic version to the public with very cheap price, so that everybody gets used to it=)
our community is not ready to accept people walking with google glasses=)

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:04 2

31. express77 (unregistered)


posted on 01 May 2014, 07:22 3

35. Kjayhawk (Posts: 293; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)

This is stupid google is selling a BETA not a final product. When it was released they even said that 1500 dollars was not the final price tag and to expect the price to drop. Just because they opened it to the public for one day doesn't mean its ready for practical use. The people who did pay 1500 were mostly developers and part of the press.

They are paying 1500 dollars to preview the product before the public does.

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:35 1

39. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Still....the price could have been alot lower if this really is the cost. That high price might have turned away devs just starting out.

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:36

40. someones4 (Posts: 625; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

This is a brand new category of device. Much like the first mobile phone or car. There is little wonder that the price will be high initially.

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:39 2

41. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)

Some stupid trolls on this site "Google is the best software company in the world. Microsoft is monopolistic. Apple overprice their products." My foot.

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:42 2

43. rogerdanielpaul (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)

Obviously there is going to be some R&D cost to re-coup, but that margin just seems dishonest.

However... its also a good sign that potentiality Google Glass Frames will be in $200-$300 range. But I don't see myself paying anymore than that.

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:43

44. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Amazing at all the backlash over....1.....product by Google thats debatable if its over priced or not.

1 product....
1 product.....

This in no way, shape or form even begins to compare to Apple product prices....

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:53 1

49. ibap (Posts: 758; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)

Ok, I'll give you $200, and you go make one for me. Let me know when I can pick it up.

posted on 01 May 2014, 07:55 3

52. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

And this is obviously missed by many:


Thats a free hardware upgrade on the next model......yes....free....How many other products does this happen for.

posted on 01 May 2014, 08:45

60. alumoyo (Posts: 358; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)

Moral of the story: DON'T BE EVIL, BUT BE AS GREEDY AS YOU WANT ;-)

posted on 01 May 2014, 08:51 1

63. rob5150 (Posts: 161; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Wow... Google can make something so advanced and groundbreaking for only 80$$ in materials?
You don't think that the salaries of people that are brilliant enough to think this stuff up is pretty high?
I go to a doctor for him to look in my ears and down my throat and the doctor bill is close to 1500$$

posted on 01 May 2014, 10:16 1

70. papss (unregistered)

So you are saying these glasses are as important as your health? Interesting

posted on 01 May 2014, 11:49 2

74. shadowplay (unregistered)

Let me guess you wan them for free.

He didn't say that. However, I can see how in the near future these glasses could be an important clinical "tool"

posted on 01 May 2014, 11:57 1

75. AJagtiani (Posts: 466; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)

There's no lack of stupidity in this world i tell you.

posted on 01 May 2014, 16:19

84. papss (unregistered)

That's what the doctor said to your mom when you were born

posted on 01 May 2014, 08:55

64. Aplusk (Posts: 120; Member since: 10 Nov 2013)

maybe charging for provide such a kind technology,

posted on 01 May 2014, 10:04 1

69. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

that's actually great news, if the product prize for this item is low we can see the mass produced final version being cheaper, and that's quite awesome on my book

posted on 01 May 2014, 10:51 1

72. frustyak (Posts: 209; Member since: 08 Mar 2010)

The cost of a product isn't simply the cost of it's individual components. R&D costs, manpower costs, supply vs demand, etc, all play into it as well. $1500 NOW isn't really a good barometer of what the finished product will cost consumers when all is said and done.

posted on 01 May 2014, 15:37 1

82. Aphyy (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 May 2014)

The thing is, you're not paying for hardware. You're paying for the time and effort put into to designing the software and technology associated with the device. This is what people don't understand. You're not paying for the plastic, you're paying for the man-hours and uniqueness of a piece.

Now, that doesn't necessarily make it practical in this case, but that's still the gist of it. If you don't want the technology, you don't have to buy it. But you can buy a pair of glasses that look like 'Glass' for about $80.

posted on 01 May 2014, 16:16 3

83. The_Innovation (Posts: 610; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

"We'd like to introduce a revolutionary new super expensive product (it's not even new). We attached a camera to a pair of glasses."

Stop bashing Apple when Google does the same exact thing. Mostly by copying ideas from others. Oh Facebook is successful? Introducing Google +, which is basically forced on you soon as you make a Google account. I wonder how many people don't even use or care about Google+ and have it because they log on to YouTube or Gmail?

posted on 01 May 2014, 20:37

88. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

So....you mention copying....and bring up Google copying Facebook.

That has to be a bit of irony in there somewhere....


Moral of the story......so many companies copy ideas....it isnt even worth it to try to come up with examples..

While you're at it...look up the origins of Orkut...then try this again...

posted on 01 May 2014, 20:55

90. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Its also a extra bit of irony that Google + offers a better Facebook in some areas.......why do you think they did some updates after Google showed off Circles...

posted on 02 May 2014, 13:08 1

98. The_Innovation (Posts: 610; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

It's not about better or worse. I'm simply stating that Google does what everyone bashes on Apple for. That's all I'm trying to say. People for some reason specifically only attack Apple and forget that everyone does this sort of thing, including Google.

posted on 02 May 2014, 13:06 1

96. The_Innovation (Posts: 610; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

I don't mean to sound rude, but I don't think you fully understood what I was trying to say. I'm sure you noticed that everyone seems to ONLY attack Apple when it comes to this. I'm simply stating that it's not ONLY Apple. I am aware of what you said, and I do agree.


posted on 02 May 2014, 19:20

100. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Ok...you do make a fair point.

posted on 01 May 2014, 16:44

86. decent4u (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

That $80 does not include the expenses of designing, manufacturing, putting all the things together and stuff.

These are just the prices of components of glass and that too considering the fact that making a huge batch costs less.

posted on 01 May 2014, 18:41

87. papss (unregistered)

I'm going to use all these fandroid defenders comments when they say something regarding apple pricing the sapphire screened 6... Cant wait to just say " well you need to factor in the cost of design, r&d, machines to make them...lol

posted on 01 May 2014, 20:47

89. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

If Apple only over priced 1 product.....you may have a case....

Since they dont.....good luck with that.....especially if the retail version is alot cheaper.



$2500 ...consoles retails now for what, between $400 and $550?

Again....good luck....

posted on 01 May 2014, 23:02

91. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Hey, but the privacy invasion ream job that you get to give other people is PRICELESS.

posted on 02 May 2014, 07:58 1

93. djripster (Posts: 138; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)

Well, they needed the Explorer program to be exclusive... They achieved that with the high price... Makes better sense to make Glass much cheaper if they want everyone to want one... Even at $600, I don't see many wanting to purchase it.. If they did something like they do with Nexus, I think they will have a hit on their hands

posted on 02 May 2014, 08:44 1

95. hortizano (Posts: 292; Member since: 22 May 2013)

It is the price of being trendy... pay it or get lost in obscurity...

posted on 02 May 2014, 13:07 1

97. lyndon420 (Posts: 4394; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Can't wait to get my mitts on a pair of these :-)

posted on 02 May 2014, 13:12 1

99. lyndon420 (Posts: 4394; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Lots of whining from people who most likely bought a PlayStation / Xbox console for $700 - $800 when they first come out lol.

posted on 02 May 2014, 23:31

101. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)

DUH. Not sure why people complaining about the price of yet to be finalized device. It's not even mass produced yet. Google is not apple, they won't price it that high when they release it. If you want to buy it now, it's your choice but don't complain about the price when the device isn't mass produced yet. What a pain in the ass you people are.

posted on 03 May 2014, 05:36

102. lmaxmai (Posts: 4; Member since: 03 May 2014)

It is really simple, just say no to the senseless, hip, overpriced perversion of privacy which is Google Glass. Manufactured in the far East, where individual lives seem of less importance, by the company who coins its operating system as a sweet, similar to how murderous tobacco companies planned to include honey in cigarettes in order to appeal to younger batches of replacement customers.

posted on 06 May 2014, 13:15

107. MFHRaptor (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

It isn't the first time a manufacturer sells unreasonably expensive products for far more than its actual worth.. but once again, actual worth is left to the intelligence of the customer!

If people knew more about this, It would make selling products in this manner harder for manufacturers which will pressure them to cater for their customers better with reasonable prices.

I shared this essay with all my tech-interested friends on facebook. Why don't we all spread the word?

posted on 07 May 2014, 09:37

108. jb4674 (Posts: 145; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

No thanks.

posted on 15 May 2014, 12:21

111. Jarahawk (Posts: 43; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)

Uh. Hell no.

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