Google to Build Google Glass Hardware in California

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Reports suggest Google Glass, Google's futuristic spectacles with all the functions of a smartphone, will be manufactured in the United States. The news comes as one politician seeks a pre-emptive ban on people using the technology while driving.

Google Glass hardware includes a pair of spectacles with a small display in the corner of one lens, along with a microphone and earpiece in the arms. The company recently confirmed the tech will be compatible with prescription eyewear.

According to Google, you'll control the gadget with voice commands. In addition to allowing voice calls, the glasses will act as a camera. You'll also be able to look at something and have Google search by image using its Google Goggles system.

For example, if you look at the label on a bottle of wine, you'll be able to instantly acquire a list of compatible foods.

Walking, Talking Easier With Google Glass

The possibilities for the technology are seemingly endless. Google believes that if it can get the battery life right, the spectacles should be able to do everything a phone can do but in a more convenient way.

For example, you'll be able to get walking directions superimposed on your actual view of the street, without the need to hold up a phone.

Several mainstream media outlets are now saying the high-tech gadget will be made in California, allowing company executives to keep a closer eye on production quality. (Source:

The work will be carried out by the U.S. arm of Foxconn, a Taiwanese firm. Foxconn is also a major manufacturer of Apple devices.

Foxconn has been accused of ignoring labor violations taking place in Chinese factories where Apple gadgets, including the iPhone, are manufactured. Although Google will likely pay a higher cost to have the devices made in U.S. factories, the decision should mean it avoids such scandals.

Driving More Dangerous With Google Glass

Meanwhile, a politician in the West Virginia legislature wants to extend an existing ban on texting or using a handheld phone while driving to cover what the proposed law refers to as "a wearable computer with a head-mounted display." (Source:

Gary Howell says he's a fan of the idea behind Google Glass, but that a change in law is necessary. He argues that it took a lot of effort to get the original texting ban passed and that this would be undermined if drivers risk being distracted by the display on their high-tech spectacles.

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