Made in America — Google Glass said to be homegrown, initially


While I’ve never been one to put much stock into the “made in” stamp on so many of the products we use everyday, it does say something about a company wanting to bypass (often cheaper) overseas manufacturing to ensure their products are built to perfection. It seems Google will be doing the same with Google Glass, at least in the first consumer production run of the smart glasses.

Financial Times is reporting that the Mountain View company will send its first batch of orders off to the Santa Clara, CA Foxconn plant. With a delicate product like this — both in form and in it being one of the first of its kind — Google likely wanted to keep a close eye on it to make sure things are being built to near perfection. It’s easier to do that when production is being carried out in your backyard than across the Pacific Ocean.

According to the report, Google may decide to shift production to overseas plants following successful runs at the Santa Clara one, though nothing is certain at this time. We’re told to expect a smaller initial order for now as Google Glass probably won’t be in as high demand as its Nexus line of smartphones and tablets. This could be due to high price, a much more niche product, or a combination of both. Whatever the case, though, we just hope they make enough to avoid the Nexus 4 debacle of 2012.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. What they going to make, 800? Oh ya made in USA
    …but if they sell hundreds of thousands? …then what?

  2. Of the few things I knowingly buy manufactured (not just assembled) in the USA, they’re invariably more expensive, and usually, but not always, higher quality vs overseas equivalents.

    Off the top of my head:
    – Steelcase chairs VS cheap crap from Staples
    – Timbuk2 messenger bags (SanFran)
    – Most Spyderco, Kershaw, Ka-bar, and Benchmade knives

    Can’t think of a single electronic device made in the USA atm, cept Google glasses

    1. I have some car speakers that were made in the USA. =.3

    2. Kershaw. Good carbon blade.

      1. I’m a S30V & VG10 steel “snob” :), but, yeah, Kershaw’s great. (Wish I could buy ’em from Amazon, but my state has retarded laws against auto AND even “assisted open” knives (holdover from the greaser switchblade hysteria)).

        1. Gerber makes some good blades in that steel. I been eyeing the 1660CF plain kershaw. ツ
          I like the carbon because I sharpen all the time.
          Dull blades are dangerous …

  3. Thet explains why it’s so freaking expensive. Time to outsource to China so that normal people can afford it.

    1. That could be true. I was wondering why they were calling that a consumer product.

    2. I’m ok with paying more if it’s American made. Absolutely.

    3. I would, if China supported better labor laws, internet freedom, and environmental policies.

  4. Good for google, taking the nobler path as usual. see funny glass photos here: blog.newtrent.com/google-glass-release/

  5. I’m buying these no matter what.

  6. I will definitely be buying these.

  7. Good we need all the manufacturing to come back to the USA so we can actually have real wealth instead of this made up paper wealth. We need these higher paying jobs and it is in our strategic interest.

    1. At the same time we need to ween our aging work force from manufacturing jobs that are easily transferred over seas and move more into science, and engineering position where the U.S. still holds an advantage.

    2. this is exactly why all the manufacturing jobs are outsourced overseas because people like to consider this higher paying jobs… imagine how much a nexus 4 or 7 would cost if it was built here?

  8. Yeah I hear that a lot. But if you look that’s their is a catch. Assembled in America and Parts Made in China. Look at ear plugs under the chin style. Says Made in America, Assembled in Mexico. Made in America has become a trademark.

  9. They must be made in a union shop, hence the $1500 price tag for something that should cost $199.

  10. Make the price point $59.95 and I along with many others will buy one, @ $1500 no one in their right mind would go for one. After all you still need a cellphone to access 3G/4G WiFi.

    A cellphone peripheral right now is all they are.

  11. That would be the hugest scam or shes good at Ewhoring

  12. wth, what exactly does she do

  13. I don’t know it this is a selling trick or what, but I’m glad something is made in the USA, especially something up to date. I might buy Google glasses just to support something made in the USA.

  14. I honestly couldn’t care less WHERE a product is made. US non-US I don’t care. I care whether or not it is a quality product and just because it says “Made in the US” doesn’t magically make it a quality product. It does however magically raise the price. Go figure.

  15. That’s cool to hear. Let see how it does.

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