Google Glass hasn't exactly set the world on fire, but it wasn't meant to. It and other projects under the "Google X" team were designed to be experimental, and we're still months away from seeing it hit a retail market at the very least. Even so, the news that one of the original architects of Glass is leaving for the distant shores (if not the greener pastures) of Amazon is a little disheartening. Google X director Babak Parviz announced his employment change on Google+ last night.


Dr. Babak Parviz. Photo credit: University of Michigan

Then again, Parviz isn't exactly a consumer electronics guy. His other project is Google's contact lens, which isn't designed as a "wearable" in the current sense - its microelectronic systems continually detect blood glucose levels, a possibly groundbreaking technology for diabetic patients. Perviz's previous work as an affiliate professor at the University of Washington, among others, was along the same lines. The question is, what will he be doing for Amazon? His About section on Google+ sheds a little more light on his intentions, though it's still pretty vague.

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...

Amazon hasn't shown any public interest in either wearables or medical and healthcare technology. That said, both segments certainly contain the possibility for profit, and a company as huge as Amazon must at least have some intention towards one or both. We'll be following Parviz with great interest.

Source: Google+ via 9to5Google

Michael Crider
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  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    R.I.P. Glass

  • http://www.scienceprousa.com/ dcarr622

    Fascinating guy. Met him at USC when he came and gave a talk to the EE department.

    Definitely more a visionary/researcher, not a product guy. It makes sense that now Glass has matured and is nearing a consumer release, he's moving on to the more R&D type stuff that he obviously prefers.

    Anyone claiming this has negative implications for Glass at this stage is likely mistaken.

    • AbbyZFresh

      The negatives were already there from the beginning. There isn't much more to find.

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  • HellG

    More and more talented people are leaving google,What the heck is going on?
    I really wish that matías duarte don't leave :(

    • MarkG54321

      what percentage of people do you know about? I would guess 00001% of Google's employeess...

      Yeh, huge problems.... All great companies have employee turnover, it stops stagnation.

      • HellG

        Yeah and when these BRILLIANT and FAMOUS ones leave it indicates a problem, i don't care about the mail man or the new employees or the server maintenance guy in Google campus, i care about the powerful and imaginative people working there,yeah what a shocker...

    • AbbyZFresh

      Google is a large company full of very smart, overconfident, and ambitious employees. It's obvious some egos at Google are just more than other people's that they don't feel they can get much more of their careers much longer working there. Time to move on.

  • Andrew Nelson

    Really, expedition to Amazon. :banghead: :banghead: :banghead:

    • AbbyZFresh

      Don't underestimate Amazon. They do have over 80% control of cloud services after all. And the fact that they're experimenting with drones mean they have potential.

      • Matt

        I don't think that's what he's referring to with his comment.

        • Guest

          Seems like a pretty obscure reference

        • Cat Astrophy

          Not sure why a simple pun is worth banging your head.

      • saf1927

        The Amazon forest lol

  • IComplainAlot

    Can i come with you to the Amazon?

    • black

      No. You stay there and keep our untalented population at check.

      • IComplainAlot

        But i want to go 😞

    • PouCryMey

      Take me with you xD.

    • DazIzRight

      This just made my day

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  • Patrick C. James

    I thought former Google employees couldn't work anywhere else like Apple or Microsoft or Amazon? Didn't those companies agree not to accept former employees of each other?

  • Paul_Werner

    Glad you guys don't lump this in with the supposed demise of G+ like some sites are doing with this news

  • Peter Cao

    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


    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. And Forbes is falling for it..

    • Peter Cao


      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;

    • Peter Cao

      --- Sebastian Thrun 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

    • Peter Cao

      Answer to nontraditional001′s comment — “you might have a stronger argument if your cut back on the crazy” —from http://chronicle.com/artic......
      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;

    • Peter Cao

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


      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;