Google Glass is apparently going to be a bona-fide born and bred in the US product, as new reports suggest assembly will take place in Santa Clara, California. If accurate, the move represents a significant step forward in the bringing home of technology manufacturing back to US soil.
At the end of last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook promised an investment of at least $100 million in domestic manufacturing projects, while the company’s biggest assembly partner Foxconn has also suggested it may increase its presence in the US to help meet growing demand.
Meanwhile, Google Glass has once again been making the headlines for not quite the same positive reasons as concern seems to be growing in relation to both safety and privacy. Shortly after West Virginia lawmakers confirmed their intent to ban Google Glass from being used being the wheel, further campaigners have spoken of their fears of such technology creating a society where privacy is impossible.
Since the very first details of Google Glass began creeping out of the woodwork well over a year ago, a growing number of parties have been expressing their concerns as to their potential for invasion of privacy. In theory, wearable device could be used to record or stream a live broadcast from first-person perspective every second of everyday waking live, essentially resulting in hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions of cameras recording the every move of every single man, woman and child out in public.
Technically speaking, it would be impossible to know who was just glancing in your general direction and who was deliberately videoing you and anything you might be doing at the time – a situation that would inherently lead to vast swathes of the population feeling their privacy was being seriously invaded.
Nevertheless, Google Glass is coming our way in the very near future, so it remains to be see how the response by both lawmakers and the public at large influence the impact of the mostly hotly-debated piece of consumer technology in years.