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Google Glass lead Babak Parviz leaves Google, joins Amazon

Above: Babak Parviz

Image Credit: Dean Takahashi

Babak Parviz, one of the leaders behind the Google X project and Google Glass, confirmed his move to Amazon on his Google Plus profile over the weekend.

In minimalist fashion, Parviz chose to announce the news with a simple photograph of the Amazon logo combined with the phrase, “Super excited!” But his Google Plus profile reveals a few additional details on the career move.

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…

There is little detail on what Parviz may be doing over at Amazon, but people who have been paying attention to Amazon’s new product announcements may be able to guess. On June 18, Amazon announced that it would be releasing the Amazon Fire, its first smartphone. Optics designers like Parviz can could help propel these type of devices.

Over at Google, there is speculation that the company is preparing for the commercial launch of Google Glass, which reduces the need for researchers like Parviz at this point in the game. Ivy Ross, former Gap and Old Navy marketing chief, joined the Google Glass team back in May. Her background in marketing and design has fueled rumors that Google is moving forward with plans of a public release for Glass.

In any case, the world will have to wait and see how Parviz fits into Amazon’s big picture.


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16 comments
Peter Cao
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

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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. 

Gil Regev
Gil Regev

A-Shades soon in optical stores

keith maxx
keith maxx

Hey guys, I think you should change your permalink. It reads, goolge-glass-lead-babak-parviz-leaves-google-joins-amazon

Zak A. Kovat
Zak A. Kovat

It's cool, I'll still read the articles ;)

VentureBeat
VentureBeat

We fixed but can't change the headline here :(

Annie Shih
Annie Shih

The Glass is not eye-friendly. UX is not sweet. Coders all have bad eyes. We need something more considerate.

Alex Perez
Alex Perez

I wouldn't be surprised to see it go the way of so many other abandoned Google projects.

Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker

looks like the interns are posting again

Annie Shih
Annie Shih

i think even Google wants to give up Glass.

Peter Cao
Peter Cao

Answer to nontraditional001′s comment — “not convincing at all”—from http://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;

Peter Cao
Peter Cao

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;

Peter Cao
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
Peter Cao

P.S.

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;