Google Glass could be manufactured in the US

Google Glass could be manufactured in the US
More and more info is coming out about Google Glass these days. The buildup really makes us think that there will be a pretty big announcement about the product at Google I/O in May. We just heard that Google had chosen the winners of the #IfIHadGlass promotion, and now a new report says that Google could actually be manufacturing Glass right here in the good old US of A.

According to The Financial Times, Google is looking to make Glass the second device the company has built in the US (and the first successful one) after the stillborn Nexus Q. Google is apparently planning to manufacture Glass at the Foxconn plant right next door to Mountainview in Santa Clara, California. The idea is that Google wants to be close by to monitor the first production run, because it very well could be complicated and expensive. 

This setup could just be for the initial run of production, and could very well account for the $1500 pricetag that early adopters are paying for Glass. It's unclear if Google will move manufacturing overseas once Glass is ready for mass production.

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26 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

This is great news. More jobs here in the gold ol usa. Not made in china. Still need a price tag

23. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

What so bad about "Made in China" ? Every thing is made in china. :) Even the Sony Xperia Z is made in China.

2. MartianMe unregistered

Oh yea please do...Lol

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Well i guess Goggle won't go to China for sure...

4. ZeroCide

Posts: 814; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

LOL!!! thats a new one. Tech made in the U.S.

22. Kallistos

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Intel chips, bro.

5. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Bro, nothing compares to the U.S U.S.A all day!!!!!

6. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

If Google Glass will be manufactured in the U.S., then price tag will jump up, Americans won't work for low payment as Chinese workers do. If Google don't want to buy manufacturing services from Chinese manufacturers, then I think that the most optimal variant would be to buy manufacturing services from Europe. Of Course manufacturing services in Europe won't be so cheap as in Asia but at least much cheaper than in U.S.

7. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

Good idea making Google glass in the U.S... May cost more, but better quality. It's that or make it in China and call it Google plastic with lead based paint.

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Seems that you don't understand about what you are talking about...

9. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

I know it will more or less be the same product whether it's made in the US or China, but in the US everything nowadays is made in China and its either garbage or had a recall on it. We can't even import a decent wood pencil from China.

11. Fruitpoop

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

Are you dumb or something? Even if a pencil was made in USA, the same materials would be used. But it would cost 10x more. Even if the quality of the product was better in the USA, I would buy the one made in China.

12. BackHandLegend

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

Ummm... you DO know that products could be cheaper if China doesn't become the only major supplier/manufacturer in the world. It is the same as when the community talked about rare earth metals found in Japan.

14. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

Yeah looks like you should just stick with your crayons. obviously you don't use pencils. The cheap Chinese imports don't even center the lead nowadays. If you get 2 pencils, a higher end Chinese import and a cheap Wal-Mart pencil that was made in the US you will pay the same at the store but you will get 10x more use from the US pencil.

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Read my comment #10.

16. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

Yes very true. That is why when Solomon sportswear or Fisher Price moved their production plants to China they thought "hey, we have all this extra money now, let's make product that will have lead based paint (that they could not get their hand on even in the US) and other safety defects just for fun. Bet we could even get a hand full of recalls" Your an idiot if you think these companies that did fine producing items for years and moved to China just to say "yes please, use materials that we have never used before and will cost us money on a recall."

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

My point was that it doesn't matter Google Glass will be manufactured in China or in the U.S. materials will be the same because not China or U.S. choose materials, but Google! Also if you don't like that products which are manufactured from hazardous to health materials reach your country, blame goods import control departament.

18. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

Google. Just like many other companies will tell them what their product will be made from, but that doesn't always mean they will follow that request/demand 100%. Granted I am sure they are going to listen to Google more and follow their wishes since its such a huge company. But there is no way an American company that moves production to China it's going to say ok to using materials that they know would get them into trouble.

19. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Are you kidding? It is ridiculous! Such big companies like Google always monitors manufacturing process, there is no chance that manufacturer will silently start to use other materials, at least not with such big companies like a Google.

20. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Manufacturer won't do that because: 1. Client will definitely notice that materials ar not the same so it is ridiculous even to try. 2. Manufacturer will lose client and his money. 3. Manufacturer will be sued by client. 4. Manufacturer will be forced to compensate. 5. Manufacturer will lose good name. Client won't alow such situation because: 1. Client always monitors manufacturing proces and has product control. 2. Cliend don't want that his products to be banned due to hazardous to health materials or other issues. 3. Client doesn't want to lose good company name, good product name and of course don't want to lose money or by sued due to allowing such situation and so on...

21. Kallistos

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well said! Aside from the governments IT stimulus, it takes time and money to convert quality standards to foreign production lines. This is one of the largest contributing factors why Intel is making their chips in the US. For a new product, close monitoring is essential. For products that have been around for a time, such as t-shirts and toilet seats, the better option would be outsourcing. :-)

26. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

I totaly get u. Not only pencils but also push pens, needles and many other stuff with very low quality );

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Manufacturer by it self don't decide what materials to use, materials used in manufacturing depends on customer's (in our case Google's) raised requirements! And that's mean such statements like a "...make it in China and call it Google plastic with lead based paint." are just stupid.

13. Hemlocke unregistered

Good. There is nothing to dislike about this. However many this sells, jobs have still been created. If we could get unions to dump their expensive mouthpieces and lobbyists, and make them see financial reality, maybe we could create more jobs in the U.S.

24. gogowho

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

what if I am nearsighted?

25. Timmehor

Posts: 599; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

You know what this means, less Google Glasses manufactured and a bigger price tag. Not to sound all ENSLAVE THEM ALL!!! but Chinese workers are much cheaper for like triple working hours, but that needs to stop, its inhumane.

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