December 19, 2014

Founder and Former Head of Google Glass Leaves Google For New Job at Amazon.com

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From ars techica:

Google Glass has been struggling a bit lately: Android Wear showed up to eat the product’s lunch, and there was almost no mention of Glass at the company’s recent I/O conference. To make matters worse, The Glass KitKat update made the device slow and buggy, and it removed video chat, one of Glass’ highlight features.

Now the founder and former head of Google Glass, Babak Parviz, is leaving Google for Amazon. Parviz announced the move on his Google+ page…

The article concludes with this:

In the span of a year, the products [Google+ and Google Glass] both went from headlining Google I/O to barely being mentioned by the company. Like with Google, Glass has an unclear future and very little forward momentum in a space with more established competitors (Twitter and Facebook for Google+; Android Wear for Glass).

From The Verge:

Now that he’s joined Amazon, Parviz can be expected to expand on the company’s efforts around optics, which are already a prominent part of the new Fire Phone. Amazon’s Firefly feature is designed to recognize objects around you, while the Fire Phone’s interface uses multiple front-facing cameras to adapt to your perspective. Parviz’s interest in augmented reality should mesh easily with Amazon’s pursuit of omniscience — both for and about its user.

See Also: Former Glass head says Google’s wearable not the “definitive answer” (via 9to5 Google)

See Also: Worth Noting: Parviz Was Replaced by Ivy Ross as the Head of Google Glass in May

Google hires fashion expert to run Glass (via The Verge)

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