The man responsible for building Google Glass lands new job at Amazon


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In a move that will no doubt spur even more discussion that Google Glass is already on its way out (before it ever really started), the man once leading the Google Glass project and credited with helping creating the wearable headset is now off to greener pastures.

Babak Parviz, who lead a few projects at Google’s X Labs division including Glass and smart contact lenses, announced via his Google+ profile that he’s off to Amazon. Parviz wasn’t quite ready to reveal exactly what he’ll be working on with Jeff Bezos and company, but in a statement given to Mashable he says, “All I can say at the moment is that I am really excited by what we might be able to accomplish at Amazon.”

Parviz specialized in optics and given Amazon’s recent push into hardware, it’s not too hard to imagine Parviz will be working on Amazon drones with barcode scanners and infrared cameras or something of that nature, but really it’s anyone’s guess. It’s far too early to say whether or not this spells trouble for the Google Glass, a project still very much in its infancy (although already being met with some resistance from privacy advocates).

Keep in mind Google already announced his replacement, with marketing guru Ivy Ross taking up Glass’ reins. As Glass nears its inevitable consumer release, Ross will no doubt make a much better fit for the product moving forward.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. “As Glass nears its inevitable consumer release.” Why is the tone of this article make it seem as Glass is such a bad product and something that shouldn’t be release. I understand its implication to privacy and stuff.. but imagine the kind of videos we will all see when Glass is implemented the right way! It will be literally living life through someone else’s eyes.

  2. Google’s top employees keep getting farmed.

  3. Heil to AmazoGlass. Buying stuff with a blink of an eye. Everywhere you go.

  4. Guy x will be a better fit then guy y
    Because, well fuck we don’t have guy y anymore. :)

  5. Google was to late, there were already propriety devices for Medical, Fire, Police and Military, everyday consumers are idiots (I am one don’t forget) and will abuse any and every technology they get, its our own fault.

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