Kinect Lead Developer Jumps Ship For Google

Posted on Jan 19 2011 - 2:06am by Kyle

Microsoft Kinect developer and world renowned Wii Hacker extraordinate Johnny Lee Chung has left Microsoft for greener pastures at the Googleplex.  Lee is reporting via his personal blog that he will be working as a “Rapid Evaluator” for Google.

Sometime back there were rumors that Google was working on their own cloud based gaming portal but does Lee’s arrival mean something more? Could Google be working on their own game system or perhaps bringing some kind of human interaction system to Android?

Lee spent three years working on human tracking algorithms for the Microsoft Kinect.

Lee earned a PhD in Human Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.

Over the summer it was quietly reported that Google invested between $100 and $200 million dollars in social gaming company Zynga. Around the same time Google started posting job bulletins looking for people experienced in games.  We expect to hear more about Google Games and what their strategy is in the coming months.

Source: Techcrunch

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