Key Microsoft Kinect researcher jumps to Google
Johnny Chung Lee, a researcher in Microsoft's Applied Sciences group and a key player in the development of Kinect, has gone to Google.
Score another one for Google.
Johnny Chung Lee, a researcher in Microsoft's Applied Sciences group and an integral player in the development of the company's Kinect motion-gaming peripheral, is now working at Google. In his new capacity, Lee is a "rapid evaluator" in a "special projects team" at the search giant.
Lee worked on Kinect "through the wrote yesterday on his personal blog announcing the change. Lee spent a total of two-and-a-half years working on the peripheral.(even before it was called 'Project Natal')," he
Microsoft's Kinect, which allows people to control on-screen action for the Xbox 360 with only the movement of their body, in its first 60 days of availability, easily outpacing the 5 million unit sales it was expected to tally through 2010.
Prior to his work on Kinect, Lee Wii hacker, developing head-tracking on Nintendo's console, among many other adaptations.as a
Given that history, it's likely that Lee is working on something game-related at Google. But for now, he's not saying.