Kinect dev ups sticks, goes to Google

Wednesday, 19th January 2011 10:01 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Johnny Chung Lee, one of the main developers behind Kinect, has left Microsoft for Google.

He made the announcement on his blog.

“Very recently, I have left Microsoft to join a special projects team at Google,” said Lee.

“After more than two-and-a-half years working as a core contributor to the human tracking algorithms for Kinect, it was an extremely difficult decision and I leave behind many great colleagues in Redmond.”

Lee joins a special projects team at Google.

Thanks, Engadget.



  1. Robo_1

    I hope he successfully dodged the chair upon informing Steve Ballmer. :)

    MS do seem to have a high staff turn over of talent though.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Zarckan

    No wonder! I didn’t know until now that Johnny was behind it. Fucken Kudos…

    For those that don’t know, Johnny was the guy that did the WiiMote hack to enable “fake” 3d head tracking.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. AbracadaverAK

    I heard about it ages ago, and he’s not going to me named specifically by MS, is he? I doubt he left because he didn’t get enough credit.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. naffgeek

    probably left because he is sitting around twiddling his thumbs, seeing as kinect has shipped…

    I still want one of his diy steady cams.

    #4 4 years ago

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