• Google Glass Teardown

  • Originally the Google Glass was only available to “Explorers” better known as developers. Finally Google offered a one day sale on April 15, 2014 allowing the general public to purchase the Glass for a whopping $1500. At Teardown.com we managed to get our hands on one but it didn’t last long. The teardown is underway! Stay tuned for teardown sequence photos, board shots, component identifications, and an estimated bill of materials.



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    Bill of Materials Estimate


    Google Glass 16GB
    Operating System Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat
    Display 640x360
    Battery 570 mAh
    Camera 5 MP
    Connectivity & Sensors WiFi/Bluetooth, GPS, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyroscope
    NAND 16 GB
    Processor Texas Instruments OMAP4430
    Baseband + Transceiver None


    Teardown Date April 14, 2014 May 14, 2014
    Display $3.00 $14.53
    Battery $1.14 $1.43
    Camera $5.66 $7.07
    Connectivity $10.79 $7.20
    Memory (NAND) $8.18 $9.45
    Memory (SDRAM) $4.68 $3.27
    Processor $13.96 $10.53
    Power Management $3.52 $3.62
    Non-Electric $13.63 $17.63
    Supporting Materials $1.75 $7.05
    Assembly & Test $2.15 $17.96
    Other $11.32 $5.57
    Total $79.78 $105.31

    * Costing is at time of teardown. Glass is an estimate only.

    Why the Changes

    Display: Our display number was increased based on the amount of unique prisms and screen technologies implemented. Once we had this in the lab and confirmed materials used we increased this proportionately.

    Assembly & Test: Our initial assumption was built on labor rates commonly associated with personal electronics assembled in China. As the Google Glass was assembled in limited numbers in the USA we have increased this number to reflect North American labor costs.

    Other Items: In our analysis we have excluded costs associated with the limited edition's Titanium frame, the option lens kit, and the limited edition packaging. Combined these would add roughly $20 dollars to the final product shipped to market, but have no material impact on the cost of delivering the Google Glass technology to end-users.

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