Claude Zellweger, vice president of design of the HTC Vive headset, leaves the company to join the competition, Google, and its fresh new VR project, called Daydream. The news has come from the designer himself in a Twitter comment.
@vladsavov I am joining Google Daydream, so you can redirect your criticism:).
— Claude Zellweger (@Claudibus) January 26, 2017
Claude Zellweger was responsible for the HTC Vive, one of the most advanced consumer VR headset curently available. Zellweger’s e-mail address at HTC is no longer working, and the Taiwanese manufacturer itself also released a statement about the departure of the chief designer.
The official HTC response confirmed that Claude Zellweger left the company, and HTC is very grateful to him for his contribution.
Zellweger’s departure doesn’t seem to be the best news for HTC, given that in 2014 the company lost the chief designer Scott Croyle. A year later, Croyle’s successor, Jonah Becker, announced his departure to join Fitbit. Zellweger’s departure will probably not affect HTC’s mobile phone business, because he was responsible solely for the HTC Vive virtual reality headset.