Glass, Google’s highly anticipated smart device, will reportedly be manufactured in Santa Clara, Calif. Only a few thousand Google Glass devices will roll off the Californian factory line in the coming weeks, rather than from plants in China, where Foxconn typically produces its electronics.
The Financial Times on Wednesday reported that the “futuristic digital eyewear” will be put together at a U.S. facility run by Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturer best known for assembling iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices. The report cites unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
Google isn’t commenting on the story, so the report could end up being wrong. But if Google does indeed decide to manufacture Glass in California, it will be a big boost for the return of U.S. electronics manufacturing. The small scale, high cost and complexity of the project’s initial run makes it practical to base manufacturing operations near the search company’s Silicon Valley headquarters.
Google Glass is a new innovation of wearable computing and it’s built-in camera is controlled by voice recognition software. Photos and videos can be sent directly to the web, via a connected smartphone, while a small screen above the wearer’s right eye displays search results and other information.
Glass is one of the highest-profile pieces of upcoming tech as companies begin looking to wearable devices as the next battleground market after smartphones and tablets.