According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has purchased various Head Mounted Display (HMD) patents from Taipei-based Foxconn (also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co). Google plans on using the patents for Google Glass and mentioned that the technology consists of a computer-generated image which is superimposed on a real world view. The technique is commonly used in aviation and tactical/ground displays, in gaming and video devices as well as training and simulation tools.
There is no mention on the terms of the deal, and neither did Google nor Foxconn have something to say about it.
Just last month, Google acquired a 6.3% stake in Taiwan chip designer Himax Display Inc., (HDI) a subsidiary of Himax Technologies, Inc. The investment is meant to fund production upgrades and expand capacity at Himax, which produces the liquid crystal on silicon chips and modules used in Google Glass.
There have been speculations where Foxconn will manufacture Google Glass in a U.S. located factory in Santa Clara, California. It is reported that Google Glass will be available to the public in 2014.