Google Glass’ original project leader leaves for Amazon

by: Andrew GrushJuly 14, 2014

While Google Glass has yet to make a major impact commercially, the project has certainly made the headlines on more than one occasion. This is in part due to its potential and, in other part, the controversy that has surrounded the product.

Google Glass’ future might not be certain just yet, but the man that originally led the development of the Glass project will no longer be part of whatever comes next for the wearable headset. Babak Parviz has confirmed that it he has been hired by Amazon, and that he is excited about “what [they] might accomplish”. It’s unclear what exactly Parviz might be doing as part of Amazon’s team, but it more than likely is aimed at further expanding the company’s hardware ambitions.

Amazon started as an e-tailer that eventually progressed to selling its own line of e-readers, than tablets, and more recently a set-top box and a smartphone. So what’s next? That’s a good question, but Samsung, LG, Motorola and countless other companies have begun making the move towards wearables — perhaps Amazon will be next.

To that end, Parviz said last week at a wearable technologies conference in San Francisco that “Google Glass is one answer to that question. It’s not necessarily the definitive answer.” Could Amazon be planning to make a move into the wearable market, or is it more likely that they will utilize Parviz’s talents for its other hardware-related projects?

  • MasterMuffin

    Amazon glass it is. You go to your friend’s place and it starts scanning stuff around you and shows links to Amazon if you want to buy the same stuff :D

    “Babak Parviz has confirmed that it he has been”
    “than tablets” then?

    • Jayfeather787

      I’m gonna scanz da gwaphicz cardz hahahahahahahahahaha.

  • AfrodanJ

    Amazon is fast becoming another ‘Well F*&k you then!!’ company for me. Take your seat next to Samsung and be quiet

  • Luka Mlinar

    Anyone working on Glass should leave wile it’s still considered a plus in their resume.

    • Rickrau5

      Actually google probably wasnt happy with were project glass was. He is accountable and prob felt the heat coming. So he bounces before they let him go.

      • Mike Reid

        Something fake seeming about his smile while wearing Glass in the pic.

        • MasterMuffin

          I always look awkward when smiling to camera :)

  • Amin Zameel

    He might be offered free amazon shopping for his entire lifetime or something.