Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak

Two posts set Google+ a-twitter about Android Wear this week. Babak Parviz, a pioneer and public face for Project Glass, left Google for Amazon. (You made need to register at Google+ to see this link.) Separately, in a less high-profile Google+ posting of a video of an Android Wear watch, developers piled on a discussion about the future of wearables.

I first met Babak when he spoke at a late-night panel at the deep-tech event the International Solid State Circuits Conference. At the time he tipped Google's plans to start a broad beta of the glasses with software developers.

I heard him again months later in a talk at the equally deep-tech Hot Chips program, telling the history of project Glass and singing its praises. I felt honored Babak actually returned my email the other day, albeit only to deny my request for an exit interview with him.

For the full story, see EBN sister site EE Times.

— Rick Merritt is the Silicon Valley Bureau Chief of EE Times.

6 comments on “Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak

  1. Wale Bakare
    July 20, 2014

    He left Google for Amazon what would the internet giant expecting of its spectacles? As he has now joined Amazon to possibly spearheading a new innovation, what should consumers be expecting of Amazon technologically, even though its has really been doing well in cloud space?

  2. Ashu001
    July 26, 2014


    Excellent Question!

    My feeling is it will be more in the Direction of the Supply-Chain.

    Whatever he can do speed up Innovation at Amazon in ths Supply Chain will clearly be most helpful.

    Don't really know what is the connection between Glasses/Wearables and Supply Chain but that is something which really-really works well for Amazon currently.

    They are undoubtedly the Pioneer in this space.

    I guess one needs to keep one's eyes and ears open for the Next Development out of Amazon?



  3. Ashu001
    July 26, 2014


    You have to see the kind of Craze these Glasses saw when they first released!

    It was mind-blowing.

    Even in super-isolated North Korea;these Glasses were a Super-Hit!


  4. Wale Bakare
    July 26, 2014

    >>I guess one needs to keep one's eyes and ears open for the Next Development out of Amazon?<<

    The likes of Google would keep wondering about Amazon. A firm started off as an online retailer looks certain to control technology innovations. Well, Amazon has been really doing well since the cloud evolution. Let us wait for the next big thing.

  5. Ashu001
    July 28, 2014


    Amazon is definitely a Leader in the Cloud world today(MSFT is a close No.2);the rationale why they got so Good is because they were the first to invest Aggressively on Data Storage Systems(at the Scale and Level required to successfully Provide Cloud Systems for Consumers).

    That's why they also have the Cost Advantage that lets them be the Cheapest here.

    It also helps them a lot that no Shareholder expects them to Gush Cash like MSFT or IBM because of which they can spend-spend-spend money wherever they feel its worthwhile without rewarding shareholders per se.

    In contrast if MSFT or IBM did the same thing(which is invest more in their Business rather than on Paying out Dividends or via Buybacks);the stock would get dumped and Institutional Shareholders would raise a massive Hue and Cry over it!!!!

    It helps that you get tagged as a “Growth” Stock versus a “Mature” Stock for AMZN even if there is tremendous Margin Compression on it.


  6. SunitaT
    July 28, 2014

    @Wale Bakare: He might have left Google to get better opportunities with Amazon. Also, I think besides cloud, Amazon is setting its head high in a number of sectors, including automated delivery systems, healthcare systems, IOT and whatnot. He?ll have a good time digging around in Amazon because it is growing as a company.

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