Google Glass to Be Built in the United States: Report

The head-mounted Google Glass devices will be built by well-known manufacturer Foxconn in California, according to a published report.

Google's upcoming Google Glass wearable computer headsets reportedly will be assembled in Santa Clara, Calif., by well-known Taiwanese device builder Foxconn to showcase electronics manufacturing capabilities in the United States.

"The decision to manufacture in California will boost President Barack Obama's drive, set out in his State of the Union address, to ensure the next revolution in manufacturing is 'Made in America,'" according to a March 27 report by The Financial Times.

Google isn't the only company that has been making such announcements about bringing manufacturing back to American soil after decades of industry losses to other nations where labor, land and tax costs are much lower. In December, Apple CEO Tim Cook pledged to invest $100 million to move the production of one of its Mac lines to America, according to an earlier eWEEK report.

In a related move, Foxconn is also "considering expanding its U.S. operations in response to growing customer demands,” according to The Financial Times report.

Foxconn is known as Hon Hai Precision Industry in Taiwan. The company builds iPhones and many other devices for a host of companies.

"Manufacturing locally will allow Google's engineers to be closely involved with the production process and provide more opportunities for last-minute fixes and for personal customization," reported The Financial Times.

When asked about the report via email, a Google spokesman told eWEEK that "we aren't going to comment on rumor or speculation."

In a related move, Google has begun notifying applicants who have been selected to purchase the first 8,000 sets of Google Glass when they become available for real-world use and testing later this year.

In February, Google expanded its nascent test project for its Glass eyewear-mounted computer by inviting interested applicants to submit proposals for a chance to buy an early model and become a part of its continuing development.

"We could never have imagined such an enthusiastic response!" a Google spokesman wrote in a post that began to notify the winners on the project's Google+ page. "There were so many creative, diverse, and (sometimes) crazy applications. We've certainly learned a lot through this whole process, and it's inspiring to hear how much passion there is for Glass."

The selected applicants will have to pay $1,500 plus taxes, and will pick up the first-generation "Explorer Edition" devices at special events that will be set up in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles in the coming months.

"Over the next few days, we'll be sending out invitations to our Explorer Program through Google+ and Twitter," the Google+ post stated. "So, keep a lookout for tweets and G+ posts from @projectglass and +Project Glass to see if you've been invited."