Advanced Computing in the Age of AI|Tuesday, July 7, 2020
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Google Glass to Be "Made in America" 

<img style="float: left;" src="http://media2.hpcwire.com/dmr/googleglass.jpg" alt="" width="95" height="76" />In a consumer market where the smallest computers such as tablets and smartphones are rapidly becoming must-have items, Google's new eyeglass-sized “Glass” is the talk of the town. But unlike most other computer manufacturers, Google will not be looking overseas to produce its bold new eyewear, according to a Financial Times report issued on Wednesday.

In a consumer market where the smallest computers such as tablets and smartphones are rapidly becoming must-have items, Google's new eyeglass-sized “Glass” is the talk of the town. But unlike most other computer manufacturers, Google will not be looking overseas to produce its bold new eyewear, according to a Financial Times report issued on Wednesday.

Instead, the smartphone-sunglasses hybrid will be made in Santa Clara, Calif., with manufacturing giant Foxconn overlooking the setup and operation of the facility.

Keeping the manufacturing facility close to Google's Mountain View headquarters will likely come in handy as the Glass undergoes inevitable design adjustments. And keeping the Foxconn factory just down the street instead of halfway around the world means that those directly involved in the design can easily oversee production in person.

Although the news comes from a FT report and has not yet been confirmed by Google, the decision to keep this manufacturing effort within U.S. borders would fall right in line with President Obama's call to bring such jobs back home.

However, this also wouldn't be the first time that Google announced its intentions to manufacture its goods domestically. Previously, the company stated it would manufacture its media-streaming Nexus Q within the States, but Google later pulled the plug on the project, in part due to its high price tag—a problem common for companies opting out of cheap foreign labor.

Despite previous hiccoughs, though, Google is planning to give 8,000 eager consumers the chance to be the first to swap out their lenses for Web-connected eyewear. For anyone considering the purchase, the first shipments are expected by the end of the year, however each pair will set you back $1,500.

Looking forward, if Google wants to break through the gagdet-happy trendsetters to a broader market, the focus will have to be on lowering that price tag  After all, you can still buy a brand new, top-of-the-line iPhone for less than a third of that price, on which you can do all the searching and picture-taking you want (within the limits of your hard drive and data plan, anyway).

But whether dropping that price will come at the cost of U.S. jobs is unclear—that is, if Google commits to a Santa Clara manufacturing facility in the first place.

Full story at Digital Trends

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