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Google Glass founder jumps ship to Amazon as firm eyes move into wearables

Follows launch of the Amazon Wearable Technology store in the UK
Mon Jul 14 2014, 16:23
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GOOGLE GLASS founder Babak Parvis is leaving the company's research arm to work for Amazon.

Parvis announced the move in a vague Google+ post on Saturday, saying that he was "super excited" to be joining Amazon. This comes shortly after he stepped aside for fashion executive Ivy Ross to take the helm of Google Glass.

Previously, Parvis headed Google's Glass division under the company's Google X research wing. Before that, he was a researcher at the University of Washington, where he developed the first smart contact lenses with integrated circuits. Parvis also worked with Microsoft on research for blood-glucose monitoring contacts, before he joined its arch-rival Google.

Parvis hasn't revealed any more details about his move to Amazon, but it's likely that he will be taking his optics knowledge to the retail giant, suggesting that the firm might also be about to get into the wearable optical market.

This is the first we've heard of Amazon eyeing a foray into wearables. However, the firm earlier this month launched the its Wearable Technology Store in the UK, andtook the opportunity to express its interest in the market.

"Sales of wearable technology devices have taken off in the last year with many customers already using them on a daily basis," said Amazon director of consumer electronics Andrew Milliken.

Parvis' About entry on Google+ further adds to this speculation, with Parvis saying, "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...."

Neither Google nor Amazon have commented on the news. µ


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