Babak Parviz, the original creator and a long-time head of the Google Glass smartglasses, quit the search giant and now works for Amazon. While the role of the optics expert in Google was perfectly clear, it is pretty unknown what he will be doing at his new employer. Given his rich experience in the field of optics, it is almost sure that Parviz will be involved in the development in something connected with the digitization of the visual perception - further improvement of the dynamic perspective
of Amazon's Fire Phone
immediately comes to mind.
Apart from kickstarting Google Glass, the optics expert also worked on Google's innovative smart lens
aimed at diabetics, which measures the glucose levels of one's tears. Parviz has also been involved in the research of a wide array of organic and inorganic nano-scale devices in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington.
“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,” reveals the About section of Mr. Parviz' Google+ account. "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..."
The new head of Google Glass, Ivy Ross, succeeded Babak Parviz
earlier this year. As Google's wearable is already in open beta
and available for anyone who has some $1500 to spend, it is more than likely that the optics specialist is looking for another career challenge. Hopefully, he will find it at Amazon.