Google Glass founder jumps ship to Amazon

Google Glass founder jumps ship to Amazon

Summary: Babak Parviz is leaving Google, after developing the search giant's first foray into wearables, to work at Amazon on unspecified projects.

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Google's Babak Parviz is leaving the search giant's research arm to work for Amazon.

In a Google+ post published on Saturday, Parviz said he was "super excited" to board Amazon's ship, but did not elaborate on what his next venture will be.

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Parviz may be best known for his work on Google Glass, the company's first venture into wearable technology — arguably shifting Silicon Valley's focus into the category. 

He headed up the Glass division, part of Google X's research labs. Prior to that work, he was a researcher at the University of Washington where he developed contact lenses with integrated circuits — so-called "smart lenses." He also worked for Microsoft developing health monitoring technology before bringing his work to its search engine rival.

He said, just days ago at the Wearable Technologies Conference in San Francisco, California, that Google Glass is just "one answer" to where the next platform shift will take the technology industry, sister-site CNET reported last week.

Amazon has recently pushed further into the hardware market with the Fire Phone, the retail and cloud giant's debut into the smartphone market. Amazon sets the device apart from its rivals by including a long-rumored 3D display, which gives the illusion that images on the screen have depth.

The logical conclusion is that Amazon may have hired Parviz to extend this technology into wearable gear. Assumptions aside, many industry watchers will be keeping Parviz's social pages under close watch to gain a glimpse at what Amazon might be up to next.

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  • Oh well...we know why...Glass is a disaster...

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    Owl:Net
    • Maybe Amazon wil use them to pilot their drones?

      :)
      William.Farrel
      • Two peas in a pod

        ;)
        daikon
  • more rats jumping a sinking ship

    everybody new this was coming.
    DontUseGoogleAtAll!
  • Who's the Inventor Of Google Glass;

    Regarding to a recent article on BusinessInsider — “The Inventor Of Google Glass Says It Could Outsource Our Brains” —

    — Sebastian Thrun is not the Google Glass Inventor; Here is a comment from an insider (not me) about Sebastian Thrun and the google glass technology which Thrun claimed to be its inventor

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    Thrun is shamelessly taking credit for work done by others. In Germany, his native country, prof. Dickmanns already had fully autonomous, fast, self-driving cars (160km/h) in traffic in 1995, long before anybody else, and 10 years before Thrun’s team joined the fray by participating in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge for self-driving cars. And the DARPA objectives were not that hard to achieve, as quite a few teams were able to reach the goal. One of them was a financial services company that had never dabbled in robotics before. All of this is easy to verify. Or take the online courses of Udacity. In Germany, prof. Loviscach started online university lectures back in 2009, and got millions of clicks long before Thrun jumped on the train 3 years later. The award-winning prof. Vornberger published his popular videos already in 2002, even before the Khan Academy, currently the most visible mass education outfit. (Germany has a long tradition of distance teaching – Univ. Hagen with over 80,000 remote students has specialized on this for decades.) Even at Stanford, Thrun was not the first. His colleague prof. Andrew Ng, co-founder of Coursera, got hundreds of thousands of viewers for his youtube machine learning course, long before Thrun followed suit and put his own lecture online. Or take Google Glass. No wonder that prof. Babak Parviz, its creator, got miffed when Thrun started taking credit for that as well. More examples from Academia could be listed. If there is one recurring theme in Thrun’s carreer, it’s his (more or less subtle) attempts at festooning himself with achievements of others.
    caomingpeach
    • privileged by some tycoons

      Thrun was privileged by some tycoons in science field to take credit for works done by others; e.g., the person who had made primary contribution to the self-driving car project which built-up fame for Thrun, is a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, but his name disappeared later on while Thrun takes all the credit for the self-driving car project;
      caomingpeach
  • self-claimed to be Google Glass inventor

    — Sebastian Thrun, who self-claimed to be Google Glass inventor, had collateralled with a criminal suspect named gabriele scheler in a series of fascism crimes starting from a Stanford campus atrocity case — Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335;Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] — http://t.cn/SXQ6Rj — attention to the 7 photo evidence to see how cruel people from this fascism circle are —, which led to the tragic death of an innocent Asian Stanford student, Thrun is not innocent in an unsuccessful plotted murder on me either and I have been cursed by fascism powers from Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s side for many years.

    — There is actually a war between fascism and anti-fascism, at this stage, fascism still prevails in our lives; Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler are just front figures we could see in a fascism circle, there is a whole pack of fascists behind them to cover up their crimes and to retaliate on victims
    caomingpeach
    • — isn’t this fact much crazier?

      Answer to nontraditional001′s comment — “you might have a stronger argument if your cut back on the crazy” — from http://t.cn/RvFierc

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      Dear nontraditional001,

      Appreciate that you’ve found some crazy issue here and thank you for your opinion;

      It is a tough task to challenge those fascists, which might make it look crazy;

      However, wouldn’t one agree that those bloody stripes on my legs in those 7 photo evidence are out of a crazy crime scene —http://t.cn/SXQ6Rj — a harsh reality?

      Also, such a simple campus atrocity case with clear evidence and serious police investigation had been purposefully mystified later on, in favor of this criminal suspect Gabriele Scheler, by some judicial officers (namely ZZZ/YYY/VVV, etc.) who hided their identities from me for over 10 years, and this case had therefore induced more and more retaliatory fascism crimes; though I am a victim, my life has been underhandedly cursed by fascism powers behind Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler for these many years — what’s really going on here? — isn’t this fact much crazier?

      — One may find those things in my statements crazy to learn, but they are no more than facts; I am not the one who did crazy things, those fascists behind Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler did;
      caomingpeach
    • Would you please show us your real identity?

      Answer to nontraditional001′s comment — “not convincing at all”—fromhttp://t.cn/RvFierc

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      Dear Sir/Ms nontraditional001,

      Well, I bet there is at least a convincing police case number to start with:[Stanford police case number: IR #04-111-0335;Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] — do you have any problem with that? Would you dare deny the brutality from Gabriele Scheler on my body as evidenced in those 7 photos?— http://t.cn/SXQ6Rj —

      If you want to have some credibility here, please show us your real identity in the first place;

      We are all made of human beings; you have your judgement, and we all have our own; Anybody with normal intelligence could easily figure out that there is something seriously wrong going on in this case; Would you be specific which part in my argument is ‘not convincing at all’? on what identity do you speak, after all?

      Your personal opinion out of a simple and arrogant argument of ‘not convincing at all’, under an insincerely disguised user name, are problems that make yourself ‘not convincing’ to anyone ‘at all’;

      — Would you please show us your real identity? I am eager to learn;
      caomingpeach