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Kinect Developer Johnny Chung Lee Leaves Microsoft for Google

Written on January 19, 2011 by B Waldorf

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"I have some big news to announce on a personal front: Very recently, I have left Microsoft to join a special projects team at Google. After more than 2 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." ---Johnny Chung Lee

After years of spending his time in developing the , ’s Johnny has now decided to revert his talents to search engine giant . Mr.Lee didn’t actually say what will be his position in but we do know that he’ll be joining a special projects team and he’ll be working as Rapid Evaluator.

As of the moment, Johnny’s reason for his sudden transfer to Google is still unknown. Here’s the exact blog of Mr.Lee:

“I have some big news to announce on a personal front: Very recently, I have left Microsoft to join a special projects team at Google. After more than 2 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.

It was a wild ride, helping Kinect along through the very early days of incubation (even before it was called “Project Natal”) all the way to shipping 8 million units in the first 60 days. It’s not often you work on a project that gets a lavish product announcement by Cirque du Soleil and a big Times Square Launch party. The success of Kinect is a result of fantastic work by a lot of people. I’m also very happy that so many other people share my excitement about the technology.

It was great to be a part of such a unique project. I look forward to seeing all the creative and unexpected ways that game developers will use the data from the camera to create fun experiences. The Xbox is exceptionally well positioned to do great things in the entertainment space. It’s a great console, and a great platform, with a lot of potential. I genuinely look forward to seeing how it will evolve over the next few years and I absolutely wish the Xbox team the best of luck.”

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