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Michael Jones
Works at Wearality
Lives in Los Altos Hills, California
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Passionate innovator driven to delight users worldwide
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Michael Jones is the CEO of Wearality, the optical company of the virtual reality industry. Wearality's unique technology and patented innovations expand the reach of immersive visualization from low-cost/high-quality 3D glasses for smartphones to upgraded visuals for the most advanced and expensive military flight simulators.

He was formerly Google'’s Chief Technology Advocate, charged with advancing the technology to organize the world'’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Michael traveled the globe to meet and speak with governments, businesses, partners and customers in order to advance Google's mission and technology. He previously was Chief Technologist of Google Maps, Earth, and Local Search—the teams responsible for providing location intelligence and information in global context to users worldwide. 

Before its acquisition by Google, Michael was CTO of Keyhole Corporation, the company that developed the technology used today in Google Earth. He was also CEO of Intrinsic Graphics, and earlier, was Director of Advanced Graphics at Silicon Graphics. A prolific inventor and computer programmer since the 4th grade, Michael has developed scientific and interactive computer graphics software, held engineering and business executive roles, and is an avid reader, traveler and amateur photographer who sometimes uses a home-built 4 gigapixel camera made with parts from the U2/SR71. 
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Technology executive, Inventor, Public speaker
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  • Wearality
    President and CEO, present
    Bring immersive visualization to 100 million people.
  • Google
    Chief Technology Advocate, 2008 - 2015
    Google's technical ambassador to governments and corporations worldwide. Advanced the technology to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.
  • Google
    Chief Technologist, Google Earth, Maps, and Local Search, 2004 - 2008
    Redefine mapping as a conversation, help a billion people see their planet, create the tools so that no human ever again need be lost.
  • Keyhole, Intrinsic Graphics, Silicon Graphics, Star Technologies, Spectral Effects, Data Systems Research, IBM, Ikonas Graphics Systems
    CEO, CTO, Engineering Director, Engineering Manager, Engineer, 2004
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I think we all know who looks good outside the door of Number 10, don't we +Ed Parsons.
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Nice new article about Wearality and our progress over the past three weeks. Thanks, UploadVR!
With four days left to go, virtual reality lens and HMD maker Wearality‘s Kickstarter for it’s Wearality Sky project has passed it’s $100k Kickstarter goal.  One of the key differentiators of Wearality’s Fresnel-based lenses is its field of view. While most lenses today have 110 degrees FOV, Wearality’s product offers 150 degrees. The lenses on the Wearality Sky are affordable enough for the everyday smartphone user. At the same time, they could ...
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Yes, I saw that, but I did not complain. Thanks for the kind sentiment, +Julian Hsu! I will always love and respect Google's mission and people. 
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Very nice post by Captain and circumnavigator Frank Taylor of the Google Earth Blog. The Taylors have seen more of the Earth than even the most enthusiastic Google Earth users! Thanks, Google Earth Blog!
 
It was recently announced that Michael Jones, one of the original founders of Google Earth, has left Google and is now CEO of a cool new VR glasses maker called Wearality. These glasses are unlike other VR glasses because of an ultra-wide 150 degree field of view thanks to patented fresnel lens technology.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/2015/04/bringing-google-earth-to-vr.html
It was recently announced that Michael Jones, one of the original founders of Google Earth, has left Google and is now CEO of a cool new VR glasses maker called Wearality. These glasses are unlike other VR glasses because of an ultra-wide 150 degree field of view thanks to patented fresnel lens technology. If you …
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Interesting implications for YouTube here. It is a mistake to presume any bad intent in Google's part; the whole project was about imagining and creating something precious and sweet that is ideal for children. But, It is interesting how quickly even gray areas have been pounced on by a few who are looking for problems. My prognostication is that it will be very challenging to appease the already-nervous with products designed specifically for more vulnerable users, even if a product has been perfectly crafted for that group. 
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Assuming you're speaking specifically about YouTube Kids. We knew the serious Google Haters would pounce -- there's no assuaging them, and attempts to do so are generally a waste of effort. Leaving them aside, I think many observers are (consciously or not) ignoring the hard reality of the situation. That is, products like YouTube Kids are the only realistic alternative to completely unfettered access to content with everything that implies. The issues of ads are more complex (one might expect an ad-free pay version of YouTube kids to appear, much like the presumed broader ad-free YouTube tier being discussed in the media currently). But it's unfair to leave out families who cannot pay or choose not to pay, and advertising directed at children is as old as media. In fact, when you look at the early days of children's TV, the ads were totally integrated into the shows, with hosts and characters doing the selling. Yet somehow kids pretty much grew up OK!
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Just back from visiting the USS Nimitz at sea. It was a thrilling experience as told in image and words in the NIMITZ gallery here:
http://michaeljonesphotography.smugmug.com/
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Woow!!!amazing picture
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Great interview with David Smith, our indefatigable founding genius. Want to know what is better than the best?

http://uploadvr.com/wearality-180-degree-fov-lens-vr
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Wearality Sky offers this wrap-around, immersive experience for your smartphone at the price of a case. Great for games, great for movies & videos, great for the future of VR. Our Kickstarter has one day to go. Help us save the world from 2D.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wearality/wearality-sky-limitless-vr
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An interview this week offered the chance to explain why I left one of the greatest established companies in the world to establish one of the greatest new ones, Wearality. (WEARable reALITY) Thanks, Eric C. Gould Tech View!

https://vimeo.com/126566153
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Great video & good luck +Michael Jones. It's a big decision to leave Google but I am sure this is where your passion is. It was a privilege to chat with you at one AusCERT dinner in 2013.
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Nice mention by Jonathan Rosenberg, all around good guy and coauthor of the best selling book, How Google Works, which is our recipe book here at Wearality. Thanks, Jonathan Rosenberg!
 
My friend +Michael Jones is now CEO of a cool 3D / wearable / VR / device company with a Kickstarter. I worked with Michael for years and he's a superstar. Best of luck to Wearality.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wearality/wearality-sky-limitless-vr"
Wearality is raising funds for Wearality Sky: Limitless Virtual Reality (VR) on Kickstarter! Explore the limitless possibilities of the Sky. The next generation of VR wearables is here, with an astonishing 150 degrees FOV.
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I feel like Indiana Jones. I found the secret indoor tennis and table tennis courts inside the Delhi airport, spanning floors 4 and 5 above the check in hall!
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Michael - Want to shoot the New Bay Bridge from the cable?
This is Bart Ney, we put the bridge on GE, come visit.
Catch me here: neybw@pbworld.com
P.S. Love the SR 71  ...Bart
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Beautiful, serene, luxurious, private. Eastern BC close to the Alberta border and Lake Louise.
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Perhaps the finest dining experience of my life. I still have the menu in Paul's hand from that day on my piano at home; the meal was truly a symphony of senses--color, flavor, texture, temperature, and presentation. It could not have been improved. Bravo Paul Cunningham!
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There is something appealing and authentic about any Dairy Queen. Just as the opposite is true.
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Delicious food in a very beautiful setting with fascinating tables and chairs, pretty lighting and wall coverings, and nice music.
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European foods and taste.
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Word and Excel are worthy accomplishments in the history of computing. The drive for personal computing was heroic. That's about it.
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They saved me from nakedness! I was stuck in Oslo for more than a week during the volcano problem with just one outfit. I bought a whole new wardrobe at Ferner Jacobsen and my modesty was protected.
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