The folks at teardown.com took apart the Google Glass wearable to get an approximate price of the components used in the device. And according to them, the parts used in its making only add up to $80. This doesn’t take the R&D costs into account however which is crucial to keep in mind. Google has said that these claims are “absolutely wrong”.
Surprisingly, the firm’s estimates suggest that the touchscreen panel and the micro projector on the device only cost $3, which is a little hard to fathom. It is said that this is an early estimate of the components used in the device, so the exact figures aren’t available just yet.
These estimates certainly come off as a surprise to us considering that Google Glass retails for $1500, which is quite a lot of money for a developer product. Keeping all these factors in mind, we’re taking the report with a pinch of salt and suggest you do the same.
Google is expected to launch a mass produced version of Glass sometime next year, so it might not be wise to invest $1500 on the Explorer edition Glass if you’re a commercial user and not a developer.