In addition to helping create Google Glass, Parviz, a Univ. of Washington Assistant Professor, was a Google X team member who helped the organization develop the first bionic contact lenses. He holds a PhD in electrical engineering from the Univ. of Michigan, and he was a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard.
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Parviz has also been tied to Microsoft. In 2011, the technology giant funded Parviz's research at the Univ. of Washington to develop a smart contact lens that could help diabetics monitor blood-sugar levels.
Although it is immediately unclear what role Parviz will hold at Amazon, it is likely the e-commerce company is looking to move into the wearables space to add to its burgeoning tablet and smartphone business.
However, if Amazon is making a move on wearables, it will be an uphill climb, as Google has an extreme head start in the field.
Google Glass 2 is reportedly in development. The company has already improved the original version of Glass by equipping it with 2GB of RAM and a viewfinder designed to help users better frame photo shots.