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First Production Run of Google Glass to be Built Right Here in the U.S. of A.

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According to a report out of Financial Times, Google is set to keep the manufacturing of Google Glass very close to home, as it looks like they have chosen a facility in Santa Clara, CA to produce their first run of the hardware. Google has been less shy about pumping out American-made hardware, much like we saw with the Nexus Q, although we could see that affect the price. Given the Nexus Q had very limited functionality, that thing still cost a pretty penny at $300, with most analysts pointing to the “Made in U.S.A.” tag as the reason. 

We already know that Google intends to keep the price somewhere below $1500, but now that more info is coming in, we will see just how low Google intends to go.

As for me, as long as they cost somewhere in the $750 or under range, you will see me in line most likely.

Via: Financial Times

  • http://twitter.com/clearnano C.N.

    Finally a product other than a zip lock bag made in the muda phudging USA~!

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  • wm snyder

    i’ll give 350.00 not a penny more for GG i hope it’s still around by then

  • Chris King

    what no facial hair what the hell happened

  • akazerotime

    Who is this guy in the pic above? James Woods?

  • Diablo81588

    Made in the USA doesn’t always mean quality. Look at American cars..

    • Stephen D

      The Fords of late are very high quality. And then there’s always the Crown Victoria(yes, I’m one of “them”).

      • Diablo81588

        Actually, Ford is on the bottom of the list when it comes to reliability ratings recently, along with most other American brands. My friend bought a 2012 Focus, and the “automatic” transmission is a piece of garbage. Jerky shifts and downshift hesitation from hell. Ford is far from high quality. Actually, Fords don’t even count as they’re “Made in Mexico”.

        • Stephen D

          My Escape was made in Kansas City…

    • NoBullet

      Yeah I just love those chinese cars being bought everywhere

      • Diablo81588

        There are no Chinese cars in the US, idiot.

        • NoBullet

          The point

          Your head.

    • http://twitter.com/SparkysShocker SparkysShocker

      Made in America doesn’t mean, this product was contains all parts from American sources. It should but it doesn’t. Lots of parts come from foreign sources, and lots of procurement heads should be held more accountable for their poorly chosen sources to save a few pennies.

      • http://twitter.com/TwinShadow_SH Ryan

        True statement. Matter of fact, I read somewhere a long while back that only about 70% of the product needs to be made in the US to get that type of sticker, the rest can be where ever the f it pleases. I don’t consider them as “Made in USA” – They’d have to be built, made, manufactured, marketed, EVERYTHING for me to even CONSIDER it “Made in USA”. Otherwise, they are not, and will not consider as such. Besides, 99% of our crap comes from China, including our own damn flag of all things.

  • Chris King

    I applaud Google for staying in America and I will pay the extra money

    • sonicyoof

      “First run”

      • 4n1m4L

        probably going to debute exclusively in the U.S. They go on about legal issues that prevent them from operating the project outside the U.S.
        Not to mention glass functions by bouncing queries off of a server.

  • WAldenIV

    Translation: Google Glass will cost more than most consumers will be willing to pay and will be quickly and quietly swept under the rug after “launch” like the Nexus Q.

    • Droidzilla

      No way. If they come out for $1k (which I doubt) there will still be a run on them and they’ll still be covered ad nauseam in every tech blog and publication worth their salt.

  • S_T_R

    “that thing still cost a pretty penny at $300, with most analysts pointing to the “Made in U.S.A.” tag as the reason”

    Which is further proof that “analysts” are often lazy and worthless. Assembly of an electronics device is a miniscule part of the cost. The bulk is parts, R&D, and marketing costs, with each being about 1/3 of the cost.

    • facts

      he is just trying to make Google sound better for making an overpriced, useless item that was discontinued before it ever hit the market

      • 4n1m4L

        I love my Qs. They would be awesome with glass.
        “Ok Glass, play The Avengers in the living room”

    • http://twitter.com/SparkysShocker SparkysShocker

      Wages in the US > than wages in other countries, so tell me how that Assembly is as miniscule as you are trying to make it.

      • S_T_R

        Wages in the US: $10-$20 per hour. China: $3-$8, usually at the low end, but it’s crawling up every month. So that’s a cost difference of $2-$17 per hour. How long do you think it takes to put these things together? Do you think it takes an individual or team of workers 5 to 10 hours per device? Of course not. There probably isn’t a single full hour of labor per device, including QA checks.

        Understand how manufacturing works, rather than parroting CH’NA’TOOK’ER’JERBS!

  • nightscout13

    Is that supposed to make us want it more the way people wanted the Nexus Q? People don’t care anymore where devices are built, they just want value…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lee-McLaurin/100000631016745 Lee McLaurin

      And therin lies the problem with this country. People don’t take pride in what we produce. They, instead, bash America and and American workers, then turn around and call themselves “true” partiots just because they can have stupid avatar holding a gun.

      • nightscout13

        Are you kidding me??? I’m not the one that out-sourced all the jobs out of America…..Blame your money hungry politicians who created tax loop holes for companies with over seas assembly plants.

      • Droidzilla

        I would love to take pride in what we make, but many American companies are shackled by our draconian tax laws and silly labour unions. We’re not competing on even ground when it comes to products produced here vs. many other countries. There’s no reason that simple labour costs should make it so it’s cheaper to purchase better product shipped across half the entire world than to produce worse products in our own backyard.

        It ought to be the other way around, but when modern politicians see a successful company here in America, they see dollars that they can pinch out of them. And when modern voters go to the ballot box, those politicians get votes by saying the company’s money is rightfully the voter’s, and that they’ll get it out of the evil corporation. That’s why most of us don’t give two pinched dumps about Made in USA; because they refuse to support stupid laws and crooked politicians just to wave a flag.

  • ReturnOfTheMack

    I’m probably a minority here but I will gladly save up and pay more for a quality product made in the US.

    • 4n1m4L

      People buying cheaply foreign made stuff is an addiction. I’d love for the U.S. to start manufacturing again. My nuke plant was built in the 80s, mostly in chattanooga. The large components that we have been replacing have had to be made in italy and korea, because if we wanted it built over here, we’d have to build a steel mill big enough to manufacture the parts.
      I’d love for something with the build quality of the Q again, right around october. and if its less than a grand I’ll buy 2.

      • michael arazan

        Wow, and General Electric builds most of the Nuclear Power plants in the US and around the world, I guess they sub contract the parts.

    • dylan84

      As would I.

  • http://twitter.com/martyjones100 martyjones100

    I think these glasses are gonna be a fad & a flop. Just dont think they’ll catch on.

    • PhillipCun

      because its not apple? probably right.

      • DroidFTW

        No because even people who have to wear glasses don’t want to wear glasses. Contact lenses were invented because people don’t like glasses. Now I guess you can argue that this is the first step towards Google Contact Lenses. Those might be a huge hit. However, Google Glasses are a total flop and D.O.A.

        • http://twitter.com/SparkysShocker SparkysShocker

          ” I think Google Glasses are a total flop and D.O.A.”

          there I fixed it for you.

        • Diablo81588

          Sunglasses?

  • ddevito

    I’ll wait for when they’re made in China and cost $500 – thanks.

    • Joey

      Lets hope they can find a way to effectively manufacture them here for $500. Win Win!

  • Butthole Jones

    Labor is dirt cheap in China but tooling costs are the same. No manufacturer in China wants to produce in quantities of 100 and then discontinue.

  • Shane Redman

    The only thing I want is a DragonBallZ Scouter app…… *IT’S….OVER 9000!?!?!?!*

    • SchwannyT

      Ya but can you see the target thing on the outside? And make the beeping?

    • El_Big_CHRIS

      THIS! and the Dragon Radar app too haha

    • http://twitter.com/TheBobHatter Bob Clark

      Glass, what does the scouter say about their power level?

  • Justin Winker

    I would say if it’s less than $400, I would consider it. I have no clue what I would do with it, but if there are plenty of apps available that interest me, it might just be worth it. Or I could wait until the 2nd generation… Hmmm…

    • http://www.facebook.com/mary.luck.1293 Mary Luck

      upto I saw the check four $9362, I did not believe …that…my mom in-law woz like they say trully taking home money in there spare time from their computer.. there friend brother haz done this 4 only twelve months and a short time ago paid the loans on their villa and bourt Fiat Panda. I went here, ww2w.Ask22.cℴm

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    See you IN LINE?… Don’t trust Google Checkout on GPlay hmmmm? . . . Oh Sorry I mean “GWallet” . . . I’m guessing this is why the damn thing will cost so much. I see Apple and Samsung undercutting this like crazy. “Made in the USA” doesn’t make people buy things when a similar product is on the Market for a quarter for the price.

    Either way DAY ONE PURCHASE

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Google should look to partner with a retailer to get these bad boys in stores for potentials to try them on before buying. You can’t buy something like this without trying it out first. So yes, I will see you IN-line. Not ON-line. :P

      • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

        I dunno Tim. You don’t seem line an IN Line guy to me. Speaking of Instores has their been any talk of this being picked up by Retailers? I really think Google Needs their own Locations if they’re planning to go down this Hardware Road.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          Ask Kellex how we stood IN line for the Galaxy Nexus on VZW at 7AM in the morning. We’ve been there! lol As for retailers, there was only the rumor about Google having their own stores, which was sort of shut down by Andy Rubin. At this point, who knows what their game plan is for selling Glass. Probably won’t expect too much though.