Google's AR Team Loses another Executive as it Seeks Partner for Glasses Project


The recent departure of Paul Greco, a prominent member of Google's augmented reality (AR) team, has raised questions about the company's efforts to find a partner for its AR glasses project. Analysts are closely watching to see how this will affect Google's plans for AR technology, particularly in wearable devices such as AR glasses. Despite this setback, many experts remain optimistic about the potential of AR glasses and believe that Google will continue to invest in this technology.

Google's AR Team Loses another Executive as it Seeks Partner for Glasses Project
Google's AR Team Loses another Executive as it Seeks Partner for Glasses Project

Paul Greco, a key figure in Google's augmented reality (AR) team, has left the company. Greco, formerly Magic Leap's chief technology officer, was developing new AR display technology at Google. His departure came when Google was in the process of finding a partner for its AR software platform.

"They are not taking a product approach," that person said. "They are building random devices to find a partner that can get excited."

Greco joined Google in 2021 and worked on Google's Project Starline before heading the hardware efforts on Iris, the company's ill-fated smart glasses. However, the Iris project was terminated last year partly because Google decided to focus on a new partnership with Samsung for a mixed-reality headset akin to Apple's Vision Pro. This new project is codenamed Moohan.

The Aftermath of Iris and the Birth of Moohan

Following the cessation of Iris, Greco was moved to a new team tasked with developing products using technology from AR display company Raxium, which Google acquired in 2022. According to insiders, Greco's team was isolated from other AR efforts within Google. Samsung, in particular, did not want other AR teams at Google to have access to the Moohan technology.

Despite Google's shift in focus to Moohan, the company still envisions a future for AR glasses. However, Google's approach is more akin to its Android strategy. Instead of manufacturing the glasses, Google intends to build a software operating system to license hardware partners. This decision aligns with the company's broader strategy of focusing on software instead of hardware.

Google's Search for a Partner

Google is reportedly building multiple internal glasses prototypes, codenamed Betty and Barry, to showcase its new software platform to potential partners. The company is also exploring different types of AR glasses to present to potential partners.

Google sees the upcoming CES technology trade show in Las Vegas as a prime opportunity to attract a partner for its AR glasses project. There's also a possibility that Samsung might collaborate with Google on these glasses in addition to Moohan. This could potentially lead to an exclusive deal.

On a related note, Qualcomm recently announced a new chip that Google and Samsung plan to use in their devices, which will likely include Moohan.

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My name is Michael A. Medeiros, and I hail from the charming town of Charlestown, Massachusetts, situated in the United States of America. I consider myself a true geek at heart, with a passion for exact sciences. There's nothing quite like the feeling of tinkering with the hardware of old devices, and it's a hobby that I enjoy to the fullest. In addition to this, I also dabble in programming, and I have a knack for creating websites. I make it a point to stay up-to-date with the latest technology-related trends, keeping my eyes peeled for new advancements and innovations.