Babak Parviz, the guy who once headed up Google's experimental wing Google X and gave us Google Glass, was jumped over to Amazon.
Parviz made a bit of a cryptic announcement on Google+, simply posting the Amazon logo and saying "status: super excited."
If you take at look at his profile, however, Parviz confirms he has taken a position at Amazon.
The optics whiz has this to say:
"I dig making (really) small things, new computing and communication tools, high-tech with social impact, and biotech and usually hang out in the Silicon Valley or Seattle. Having worked at companies ranging from tiny start-ups to huge corporations and universities in Europe and the US, I have found each one to be fun in its own unique way. I founded and led a few efforts at Google (among them, Google Glass and Google Contact Lenses are public so far 🙂 prior to moving to Amazon and work on a few other things now..."
It's still unclear what Parviz will be working on at Amazon, but it's a safe bet that it'll have something to do with augmented reality.
Parviz's talent is in the tech, so it wasn't that much of a surprise that he stepped aside in May and allowed fashion marketing whiz Ivy Ross to lead the Google Glass team. And as Google Glass Almanac points out, Parviz hasn't really been super involved with Glass for some time now:
— Google Glass Almanac (@glassalmanac) July 14, 2014
As such, this move can be seen as a blow to Google Glass – a founder jumping ship – but more realistically it's just an instance of moving on when the time was right.
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