Google's ambitious "Project Glass" augmented-reality device may be far from mainstream adoption, but has already become fly-paper for criticism from privacy activists. Establishments in the US have begun preemptively banning the device in their premises, to protect privacy of their customers. These concerns are only compounded by the fact that like most gadgets and consumer electronics, Project Glass could be yet another product made in China, with the public-perceived scope for bugs (of the sinister kind) from the Chinese establishment. Allaying exactly these concerns, it is revealed that Google will manufacture the device on US soil.
Google is working with Foxconn, a major Taiwanese contract-manufacturing company, to set up a production line in Santa Clara, California, specializing in Glass. The facility would manufacture the device from sand-to-shipping under US supervision, ensuring it doesn't come with bugs that allow foreign governments snooping in on US citizens.
America's growing eeriness on high-technology sourced from China, including a recent policy change that effectively cuts out Chinese companies from US Government purchases, is having a spillover effect on mainstream consumer electronics, evident from Google's recent move. Google follows Apple, which recently invested $100 million on groundwork leading up to manufacturing of Apple products in the US. It also follows overtures by major Asian semiconductor manufacturing companies like TSMC to move a portion of their chip-manufacturing, to the US. GlobalFoundries' plans to set up semiconductor manufacturing in Upstate-New York, is already at an advanced stage.
As for Google and its Project Glass, the company is taking criticism from people who haven't even tested the device themselves, one step at a time. A couple of weeks ago, it laid to rest wild rumors that alleged the device is incompatible with prescription eyewear. The company plans to detail the device further at this year's Google I/O event, held in San Francisco, along with possible market release details.