Updated at 3:30 p.m. with Google’s statement below.
Babak Parviz, who founded and led the Google Glass project, has left the search company’s Google X advanced research division for a new role at Amazon, he announced on his Google+ page this weekend — declaring himself “super excited” without revealing what he’ll be doing.
He writes on his Google+ about page, “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…”
We’ve contacted Parviz and Amazon seeking more information on his new role.
Parviz, who is based in Seattle, was a University of Washington electrical engineering professor before joining Google, and remains an affiliate faculty member at the UW.
In addition to his role on Google Glass, he was one of the leaders of Google’s smart contact lens project, which had its roots at the University of Washington.
Update, 8:30 a.m.: Parviz says via email, “At the moment all I can say is that I am excited about what we might be able to accomplish at Amazon.”
Update, 3:30 p.m.: Doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing a fight over non-compete agreements in this situation. A Google spokesperson says: “Babak made great contributions to the fields of computer science, optics, and miniaturized electronics. We know he’ll do the same in his next endeavors and we wish him well.”