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Google poaches Microsoft HoloLens exec for its new AR effort – Source

Google has hired a key architect of Microsoft’s HoloLens Project to work on its own “Project Iris” augmented reality glasses project.

The hire, first reported by Road to VR‘s Scott Hayden, took place in November. That’s roughly the same time that Google decided to centralize its AR/VR development efforts under the roof of Google Labs (as reported by TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez). Kress’s title is Director of XR (mixed reality) Engineering at Google Labs. The group is reportedly led by Clay Bavor, who reports directly to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.

The Verge‘s Alex Heath later reported that Google is working on a goggle-like mixed reality headset (under the codename Project Iris) that could come to market in 2024.

At Microsoft, Kress worked on augmented reality and mixed reality optical architectures (displays, sensors, and imaging), optical subsystems, and on the industrial design and user interface of the Hololens. He also worked on the version of Hololens that Microsoft…

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