Babak Parviz made headlines in 2009 for building a prototype bionic contact lens infused with microcircuitry.
Today, he spends a lot of time in Silicon Valley as a member of Google X, Google's innovation lab working with Sergey Brin himself.
Along with fellow X-ers, Mr. Parviz has taken his background in bionanotechnology and optics and applied it to Google Glasses, augmented-reality, live-streaming, social-broadcasting glasses. But his work doesn't end with Google's Project Glass. Mr. Parviz's group has also worked on neural implants and smart bandages, and he is working with Microsoft Research, focusing on noninvasive blood-glucose monitoring via a contact lens.