Google continues to offer more people the opportunity to buy Google Glass, but you may want to think twice before shelling out $1,500 for the wearable heads-up display. A new teardown report from Teardown.com claims to reveal that the components found in Google Glass are only worth about $80 altogether.
The most expensive piece of technology found in Google Glass is apparently its processor, valued at $13.96 and followed closely by the collective price of all its non-electric components. The radio chip, which includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, costs $10.79, while the display module costs $3. That controversial camera is worth just $5.66. Including the cost of assembly, Teardown says it costs Google just $79.78 to make each copy of Google Glass.
So why is Google Glass so insanely expensive? There are a few possible reasons. First, Google likely put a ton of time, effort and computer power into developing the device, and those R&D costs aren’t factored into Teardown’s report. Second, Google has suggested that the $1,500 price barrier was chosen on purpose to attract only the most devoted beta testers. Most likely it’s a combination of both, though that doesn’t necessarily excuse this ridiculous tax on Google’s biggest fans and other early adopters.
Google Glass is expected to hit the public market sometime this year for much less than $1,500, Previous reports have put the final price between $300 and $500, which seems pretty reasonable. We certainly don’t expect Google to start selling the device for $80, even if that’s all it costs the company to make one.