Google plans Foxconn deal for ‘Project Glass’

Taiwanese company said to be in line to make digital eyeware at California factory

Google plans to make digital eyeglasses in the US with Foxconn Technology Group according to a person familiar with the plans.

The eyeware, designed by Google and featuring software and cameras, will be made by the Taiwanese company at its factory in California, the person said, asking not to be identified because the plans are not public.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is touting the device, dubbed Project Glass, as the future of mobile computing after describing smartphones as "emasculating".

Fashion designers, skydivers, acrobats and pilots have been used by Google to demonstrate the eyeglass computers, according to posts on the project's website.


The Taiwanese company is the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronics. The Financial Times reported earlier today Foxconn's flagship, Hon Hai Precision Industry, will make the device.

Google plans to invite a limited number of users to test the interactive glasses in the next few days after conducting an online competition, the California-based search engine provider said yesterday.