Google Glass to be made in the USA, but still by Foxconn

The most anticipated frames, perhaps of all time, will be made in Google's backyard, according to a report.

Google Glass will be put together in Silicon Valley for starters. Stephen Shankland/CNET

Like so many other popular and much-coveted tech gadgets, Google Glass will be made by China's Foxconn -- but not in China.

The Financial Times is reporting that Google's augmented reality specs will be assembled by the Taiwan-based company, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, at a facility in Santa Clara, Calif. Foxconn has contracts with many big names in the tech world to manufacture and/or assemble laptops, smartphones, and other consumer products in facilities around the world, including its massive, city-sized factories in mainland China.

According to the report, the small scale, high cost, and complexity of Glass made it a good candidate for the "made in the USA" label.

Presumably, the first few thousand Glass units to be assembled in California will be sent out to the 8,000 recently announced contest winners who were given the chance to buy Glass early for $1,500.

A number of Googlers were seen wearing Glass at South By Southwest . As far as I'm aware, none were left behind in an Austin bar.

Sources have confirmed to CNET that Glass will be available to the general public by the end of the year and for under $1,500.

I reached out to Google and was told that the company "does not comment on rumor speculation."

 

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