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Reports: Google Glass To Be American Made, By Foxconn

Submitted by on March 28, 2013 – 1:42 pmNo Comment

According to a new report in the Financial Times, Google Glass will be assembled at a facility in Santa Clara. And though it represents a shift from Asian-based assembly, the process will supposedly be overseen by veteran manufacturer Foxconn.

TechCrunch explains that assembling this highly experimentally, low volume product close to home will allow designers to tweak any unforeseen problems. The article adds that it’s good PR too:

The effort to manufacture Glass at home likely has a lot to do with quality control for a product that for now will have an extremely high price tag and an extremely low unit count. But Foxconn has in the recent past talked about plans to expand its U.S. operations, and Apple got a specific callout during this year’s State of the Union address for bringing some Mac production back to U.S. shores, so this could be about more than just wanting to make sure the first production runs go very smoothly.

It will be very interesting to see the controversial Foxconn conducting such a high profile product on US soil, with presumably American workers. The manufacturer has faced accusations of human rights abuses in the past, with reported threats of mass suicide, and a confirmed angry demonstration at a plant that produces parts for the iPhone.

Even with a recession on, I wonder how US workers would feel about the wages offered and living in a cramped dormitory, under guards and barbed wire.

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