Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has managed to lure the creator of Google Glass away from Mountain View according to a post on the engineer’s Google Plus account. Babak Parviz has worked on many of the projects on the more creative side of Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), but the search giant is no longer able to rely on his vision. Whatever Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has in mind for Parviz is bound to be interesting, given the projects he’s given up to attach himself to the company.
Parviz was part of Google X, the part of the company which concentrates on more outlandish technologies. Most of those technologies never make it to the public, and those that do rarely make a huge splash, but Parviz own project, Google Glass, did manage to make it out of the lab and into the real world. Despite problems the device has become iconic, and his impact on wearable tech will remain whatever he does at Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN).
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Google loses creative force behind Glass
Babak Parviz Bio on the University of Washington site reads like a piece of science fiction. Apart from Google Glass, a project he is listed as the “creator” of and worked as general manager of from 2010 to 2013, the engineer is listed as the co-founder of the smart contact lens project at the company.
As a young man he won an award for the design of a “single-pilot single-engine airplane” and won the bronze medal in the International Physics Olympiad. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) will surely miss the manage, though the Glass project had been moved out from under his oversight in recent months. The company’s performance on hardware has been less than impressive, and the future of Google Glass may rely on more than talented engineering.
Among the awards claimed by Mr. Parvizsit a place as one of the “30 rising young investigators in genome science and technology” by Genome Technology in 2007, design awards for his work on Google Glass and smart contact lenses. Parviz is sure to be a loss to Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), which is always in search of quality engineers, but his work may have a more profound impact at Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), which is just now building a strong hardware presence.
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Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is set to release its first smartphone this year, and the array of innovative technology in the device is exciting to almost everyone. An engineer like Parviz is surely more able to appreciate what Amazon has put together, and he may be better at seeing, and solving, the problems that are sure to pervade the new technology.
Hardware engineers like Parviz are what’s needed at Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) as the company tries its best to dislodge Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) dominance of the smartphone world. The company’s smartphone, which is called the Amazon Fire phone, is due to be released later this month.