One of the leading figures on the technical side of Google's Glass project, Adrian Wong, has made the jump from the company to emerging VR superpower Oculus VR. The former lead electrical engineer on Google Glass announced he was leaving Googleto his Facebook followers earlier this month, but didn't give any indications of his destination in the post, which read:
#FreshStartFridays- Surprise! Today is my last day at Google. Three rollercoaster years with Google[x] and Glass. What amazing memories. Now, time for the next great adventure!
Following an update to his LinkedIn profile today, however, it has become clear that the engineer has opted to shift realities - from augmented to virtual.
Oculus VR was taken over in a wholly unexpected $2bn deal by Facebook earlier this year, and since then it has seen its visibility skyrocket. Best known for its forthcoming Rift virtual reality headset, which gained exposure thanks to one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time, the hardware is already in its second developer revision, and reports suggest that it could be set for a consumer release before the end of the year.
In bringing in an experienced electrical engineer like Wong, it's possible that Oculus is now looking at finalizing the consumer version of the product, with optimization, design and minimization of components likely among the final steps in bringing the device to market - and few will have more experience in crafting the innards of wearable display technology than the fomer Google Glass man.