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back to article Google Glass HOLED: Techno-specs' inventor jets off to Amazon

An academic turned corporate researcher, described as "the visionary" behind Google Glass, has jumped ship to arch-rival Amazon. Dr Babak Parviz announced on his Google+ page on Saturday that he was moving to Amazon, and was "super excited." He later said he was looking forward to "working on a few other things" for the gigantic …

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"Amazon just launched a Fire phone, which came with a bevy of cameras including four tiny ones and LEDs that can track the position of the owner's head and tilt images in response – a tech Amazon calls Dynamic Perspective."

Never had someone slap my phone away saying "Can't see that at all. It's the wrong viewing angle dammit!"

Now they are just inventing stuff to keep their programmer employed. Here's a tip. Make a phone where the phone works plus emails with texts / email arriving consistently and I'll be happy. All the other multimedia crapola is unnecessary.

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Let's hope they find something more useful for him to do than Google did.

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Jets?

Amazon's Seattle offices are just a few blocks north of Google's. It's more of a stroll than a jet trip actually.

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Re: Jets?

So you would walk, rather than take a nice detour in a corporate jet with some champagne en route?

You're not going to fit in .. :)

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One wink shopping

See what you want, just wink and Amazon will order it for you. With no refunds if your kids snag your glasses and wink at all the toy ads disguised as kids shows.

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Re: One wink shopping

Let's hope that they don't invent a watch where you shop by moving your wrist then ;-)

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Regarding to a recent article on BusinessInsider — “The Inventor Of Google Glass Says It Could Outsource Our Brains” —

— Sebastian Thrun is not the Google Glass Inventor; Here is a comment from an insider (not me) about Sebastian Thrun and the google glass technology which Thrun claimed to be its inventor

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Thrun is shamelessly taking credit for work done by others. In Germany, his native country, prof. Dickmanns already had fully autonomous, fast, self-driving cars (160km/h) in traffic in 1995, long before anybody else, and 10 years before Thrun’s team joined the fray by participating in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge for self-driving cars. And the DARPA objectives were not that hard to achieve, as quite a few teams were able to reach the goal. One of them was a financial services company that had never dabbled in robotics before. All of this is easy to verify. Or take the online courses of Udacity. In Germany, prof. Loviscach started online university lectures back in 2009, and got millions of clicks long before Thrun jumped on the train 3 years later. The award-winning prof. Vornberger published his popular videos already in 2002, even before the Khan Academy, currently the most visible mass education outfit. (Germany has a long tradition of distance teaching – Univ. Hagen with over 80,000 remote students has specialized on this for decades.) Even at Stanford, Thrun was not the first. His colleague prof. Andrew Ng, co-founder of Coursera, got hundreds of thousands of viewers for his youtube machine learning course, long before Thrun followed suit and put his own lecture online. Or take Google Glass. No wonder that prof. Babak Parviz, its creator, got miffed when Thrun started taking credit for that as well. More examples from Academia could be listed. If there is one recurring theme in Thrun’s carreer, it’s his (more or less subtle) attempts at festooning himself with achievements of others.

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